Pray for Tom’s Sabbatical

Help Tom finish his dissertation and be entered to win a free book! Take a survey on how/what you’ve learned about calling.

As of yesterday, Tom Grosh IV is officially on a well-earned sabbatical to finish his own dissertation; he’s excited to return to the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) in June. Tom is looking forward to coming back to ESN in June 2017 with even more knowledge about calling and vocation and how people learn about it through campus ministry settings and other resources. That’s the focus of his dissertation in his Ministry to Emerging Generations doctoral program through Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.*

If you’d like your own understanding of calling to be represented in that dissertation, please fill out the survey above – Tom is collecting responses to get a sense of how various participants in InterVarsity learned about calling. He’s halfway to the number he’s hoping for, so your participation will really enrich his work. And you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free InterVarsity Press (IVP) book!

A few details on what Tom’s sabbatical means for ESN in the meantime: Hannah Eagleson, ESN’s Writer/Editor, will continue the blog and maintain ESN’s day to day work this spring. We may post slightly less often in the spring semester than we usually would, but please stay tuned! We have several exciting series planned, including interviews with experienced Christian scholars, our once-a-month faith/science curriculum, and a series of short reflections on writing as a spiritual discipline.

Tom will continue to share material with ESN on Facebook and Twitter through the end of 2016, and then he’ll take a break until June. Hannah and other InterVarsity staff members will manage ESN’s social media. Though again it may be less extensive than usual, we’ll seek to offer helpful content throughout the spring.

We’ll also continue preparation for our expanded student track at the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) 2017 faith/science conference (Exploring New Heights for Science & Stewardship, July 28 – 31, 2017), so keep an eye out for news about student scholarships in partnership with ASA.

We may be a little slower than we’d prefer on replies to emails and responding to new ideas/initiatives this spring. Definitely still keep in touch with us – we always love to hear from you and partner as we can. But since Hannah only works 10 hours a week for ESN, and she’s doing a job that usually requires one full-time person and her part time work, she’ll be grateful for the patience of readers and writers. That said, please do stay in touch!

If you would pray for the following things, we’d be deeply grateful:

  • For Tom to have wisdom and ease in writing his dissertation – likely a prayer request a lot of our readers have empathy for!
  • For Hannah to have efficiency, strength, and joy as she manages ESN’s daily work.
  • For Tom to gain new insight into campus ministry through the work he’s doing.
  • For Tom and his family to enjoy real rest during his sabbatical as well.
  • For the Lord’s provision of the labors of ESN through the people of God. To double the impact of your gift, click here.

Thank you so much for faithfully engaging with the ESN blog. We look forward to seeing what God does in 2017!

To God be the glory!

*For material related to this program which is already posted on the ESN blog, visit Ministry to Emerging Generations, The Big Picture of Ministry to Emerging Generations, and the ministry to emerging generations tag.


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