MINISTRY IN MOTIONDiscovering, creating, and incubating community collaborations that address pervasive social challenges.
MINISTRY IN MOTION
Discovering, creating, and incubating community collaborations that address pervasive social challenges.
Together with The Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute at Stanford University and J. Alfred Smith, Sr., we are expanding Dr. King’s passionate ministry of peace to solve community challenges.
In partnership with Rev. Eric Elnes and the Convergence Network, we are creating an open collaboration based on the Phoenix Affirmations to breathe new life and relevance in congregations across the U.S.
Peacekeeping in the City: Congregations Responding to Gun Violence
Janie Spahr and Floyd Thompkins Speaking Event
Pride Week Kick Off Celebration
Shifts Happen Lectures
Restoring Justice: Creative Leadership in Addressing Policing
We are constantly bringing together some of the brightest innovators to inspire, equip and connect you with like minded leaders. Check out our Events page to register for upcoming activities, including our free Shifts Happen lectures, a lecture and discussion series featuring leading scholars and activists.
Our social justice seminars are a unique combination of academic coursework, on the ground activism, and cohort based dialogue that will help you foster justice, peace and thriving community in your local context. Plus, to make the seminars available to leaders around the world, we offer all of them in an interactive online format.
Our community blog, A Fabulous Place, seeks to bring together those who feel marginalized, but refuse to be bullied. It is a forum where LGBTQ individuals, people of color, immigrant communities, women, those with differing levels of ability and countless others who have been targeted by hateful rhetoric, action and policy can resist through written and spoken word, art and music.
On Thursday, June 14, 2017, the Smith-King Advisory Committee gathered for their first meeting on the campus of San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo. The committee, made up of prominent leaders carrying on the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,...read more
The Center for Innovation in Ministry is excited to announce the Contributors’ Launch of the Living Lectionary. The Living Lectionary is a collaboration between the Center, Convergence Network and Eric Elnes. Centered on the twelve Phoenix Affirmations of progressive...read more
The Center’s Janie Spahr Reconciling Committee gathered on the campus of San Francisco Theological Seminary from March 19-22. During their time together, they looked back on LGBTQ history, both in religious circles and in broader society, and then looked forward to...read more
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR INNOVATION IN MINISTRY AT SFTS
The Center for Innovation in Ministry is an expression of San Francisco Theological Seminary’s commitment to remain on the growing edge of the ever-changing spiritual, social and economic challenges facing society.
We seek to stimulate collaborations and ignite positive breakthroughs. We link up individual innovators and partner with congregations, educational organizations, and groups seeking to act positively in the world. Together we create, discover, incubate and disseminate effective responses to our common challenges.
People of goodwill everywhere can engage through partnerships, online courses, on-campus and off-campus seminars, and various social media platforms to find the deep wisdom that can make the world a better place for us all.
Rev. Floyd Thompkins
Director of The Center for Innovation in Ministry at SFTS
Floyd Thompkins is an extraordinary communicator, and his dynamic leadership is marked by his gift for connecting to all people. He is particularly skilled at facilitating sensitive real-world subject material, implementing meaningful and relevant community initiatives to make a positive difference. His ministry is one of ethical and compassionate action.
Rev. Thompkins served as a dean and chaplain at two world-class institutions, Stanford and Princeton universities. He developed unique, highly effective programs to empower underserved teenage youth and young adults in urban and rural areas—in East Palo Alto, CA and rural South Georgia. He led Antioch Baptist Church, the oldest African American Church in San Jose, CA, and was the Education and Administrative Pastor of Covenant Christian Church in Douglas, GA.
As Associate Dean of Memorial Church at Stanford University, Rev. Thompkins founded Black Church, the largest multi-cultural religious gathering on the Stanford campus. He also implemented a special freshman support system still being used as a base academic support program. In Georgia, he was executive director of the Bower Fund and with Youth Empowerment Today, organizations dedicated to mentoring at-risk youth through middle school, high school, and into college. He is a curriculum writer and a published author with several books to his credit.
His awards include the Presidential Award for Community Service from President Bill Clinton, The Benjamin E. Mays Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Edward G. Howel Preaching Award from Princeton Theological Seminary.