Upcoming Events

Connecting and inspiring leaders for lasting change


October 26


United Nations

Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Director, Center for Innovation in Ministry, has been invited as one of the national faith leaders to participate in a historic dialogue event at the United Nations on October 26, 2017.

The Ethics of Reciprocity event will combine dialogue, testimony and discussion with the aim of addressing the challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people within their lives and communities. Led by a diverse group of LGBTI religious leaders representing a range of world religions, they will explore ways to end the violence and discrimination faced by LGBTI people around the world. The event is sponsored by the Office of the HIgh Commissioner for Human Rights, the LGBT Core Group at the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and the Global Faith and Justice Project

November 19


Marin Lutheran Church

You can hear Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry and award winning preacher, speak at Marin Lutheran Church, Sunday, November 19 at 9:00 am and 11:00 am at 649 Meadowsweet Drive, Corte Madera, CA

March 16


Congregation Rodef Sholom

You can hear Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry and award winning preacher, speak during the Shabbat Service at Congregation Rodef Sholom on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Dinner is at 6:00 pm where you will have the opportunity to meet and converse with Rev. Thompkins. Service is at 7:30 pm

Congregation Rodef Sholom is located at 170 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903


October 24


Creating a Culture of Generosity

A culture of generosity celebrates the resources God has given us and understands the spiritual impact that giving away those resources has on us as individuals and as congregations. In this seminar we explore the biblical and theological basis for generosity, apply these principles to annual & legacy giving efforts, and show how to develop a Generosity/Stewardship annual calendar and create an implementation plan for your church.

You will walk away from this seminar with ideas on organizing your generosity/stewardship leadership group, communicating with the different generations that exist in your congregation, integrating all aspects of your church into the life of generosity, and teaching the spirituality of generosity. Be prepared to evaluate your current program, and walk away with a new excitement and energy about generosity for the future of your church.

Leaders: The Rev. Drs. Rob Hagen and Steve Wirth, Ministry Relations officers of the Presbyterian Foundation representing the west coast regions.

Time: Tuesday, October 24 from 10am-2:30pm

Place: SFTS Campus: 101 Seminary Rd, Scott Hall room 101, San Anselmo, CA 94960

Cost: $25 for one ticket, $30 for two, lunch and snacks provided

Capacity: 30

Sponsors: The Presbyterian Foundation, The Center for Innovation in Ministry at San Francisco Theological Seminary

October 27-28


The Gospel of Matthew with Dr. Herman Waetjen

Dr. Waetjen will be holding an on-campus seminar on October 27 and 28 that will dive even deeper into Matthew’s gospel

Cost for this seminar is $250, which includes lodging at SFTS and meals during two days. Or you can choose to pay $100 which includes food but not lodging.

Participants in the online seminar will have first priority when registering. Space is limited for this seminar, so sign up today!



Restoring Justice: Creative Leadership in Addressing Policing

Pastors, activists and police will discuss and suggest ways to witness, work and engage the conversation around making policing better for everyone —addressing notions of community building and restorative justice.

This discussion will feature The Rev. Byron Bland, (SFTS Distinguished Alumni and Former Associate Director of Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation), Reggie Lyles (Retired Novato Police Captain), and Dr. Christopher Ocker (Professor Church History SFTS).

Join us from 7-8:30pm at Grace Tabernacle (1221 Oakdale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124) or watch the live stream at innovation.sfts.edu.

Our Shifts Happen series features discussions from ministry leaders in each of our three major initiatives. As culture and spirituality shift, communities of faith must learn to be increasingly agile. These conversations will equip faith leaders and communities to respond with wisdom, creativity and compassion. These lectures are free, but space is limited, so register today!

**Please note, this event has been rescheduled for Summer 2017, with the exact date coming shortly. Check back in for updated registration info soon.**

Googling God: The Innovative Intersection of Tech & Ministry

Leaders from the Center for Innovation in Ministry at the San Francisco Theological Seminary were invited to speak at a Google employee forum on Friday, September 1st. Read what they had to tell the tech giant. 

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