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The Rev. Dr. Greg SnyderThe Rev. Dr. Greg Snyder, Rector of St. John’s Parish Church, Johns Island, South Carolina, was recently selected as one of six recipients of the Inaugural Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement. This Award, presented by the Carl F.H. Henry Center, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Chicago, Illinois, was highly competitive with many highly competent pastors and strategically positioned congregations from all over the U.S. considered. This is the first of a three year program, entitled The Creation Project, funded by the Templeton Foundation for Science and Religion. 

The final chapter of John Stott’s classic text, Between Two Worlds, is devoted to two personal characteristics which he judged to be essential to the task of Christian preaching: courage and humility.

It is through the balance of these two traits that Christian preachers can faithfully execute their stewardship as ministers of the Gospel. He writes, “The Christian preacher is to be neither a speculator who invents new doctrines which please him, nor an editor who excises old doctrines which displease him, but a steward, God’s steward, dispensing faithfully to God’s household the truths committed to him in the Scriptures, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else.” (p. 323–4)

In continuity with this vision of the task of Christian preaching, the Creation Project’s John Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement was created to support pastors and congregations who are willing to venture into the intersection of science and theology with confidence in the truthfulness of Scripture and in open and earnest dialogue with the insights of modern science. Through the provision of financial resources and year-long institutional support, the Stott Award is designed to promote pastoral and ecclesial engagement with the doctrine of creation through various programs and initiatives, including the formation of a congregational focus group, a mid-term consultation with the Creation Project Fellows held on Trinity’s campus, and the development of a sermon series on the doctrine of creation in conjunction with a church-wide educational initiative.

As part of the Science and Theology Award, Snyder will be required to form a study group, made up of local parishioners, who will study what it means to be made in the image of God, based on Genesis 1 & 2, and how this informs our everyday living and ethical decision-making. The findings of this joint study group will be used to formulate a preaching and teaching series for his whole parish in the Spring of 2017.

The award also requires Snyder to travel to Chicago in January 2017 to participate in a colloquium with fellow award winners.

He will travel to Chicago again in February—as part of the Creation Project.  The Henry Center has asked each of the six pastoral award recipients to come to campus during the 2016–17 academic year to deliver a chapel message and to engage the student body in discussion over a free luncheon, talking about the doctrine of creation, the pastoral judgment needed for navigating controversial, yet important topics, and other aspects of pastoral life.

This year’s Timothy Series events are:

February 14–16: Humanity: The Image & Likeness of God
Todd Wilson, Greg Snyder, & Bing Nieh

April 4–6: Paradise: Created, Lost, and Regained
Doug Kyle, Paul Anderson, and Greg Waybright

Read the press release announcing the 2016-2017 recipients

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