Here at the Henry Center, we promote theological understanding through a variety of programs. These projects cast a wide net, advancing Biblical wisdom in diverse venues for a variety of audiences. Some programs return every academic year with new ideas and improvements. Others lay dormant for now, but are ready to spring back to life the moment they’re needed. The following ventures represent all of the HCTU’s expertise, acting as our main tools for proliferating theological awareness.
Carl F. H. Henry Resident Fellowship
The world is full of complex questions, especially regarding faith and science. For those bold enough to tackle these questions, we provide the Carl Henry Resident Fellowship. This fully-funded study program provides a handful of Christian academics with the opportunity to join together in an intellectual community each school year. Through collaborative conversation, intense study, and open-minded humility, Henry fellows explore the intersection of theology and science through novel research projects.
Having a humble, balanced, and honest conversation about creation and science is not easy. The Dabar Conference serves as a platform for this conversation. Dabar (Hebrew for “word”) brings together 60+ evangelicals from diverse denominations, institutions, and viewpoints. These participants listen to keynote presentations from leading thinkers and engage in discussions that honor the Bible while carefully accounting for modern science.
Deerfield Dialogue Group
Even seminary professors can suffer from tunnel vision. This recurring quarterly conversation acts as an opportunity for a small group of TEDS faculty to take a step back from their specializations and refocus on the bigger picture of theological education. In discussing each other’s research and teaching, participants gain a more balanced perspective of themselves and their work.
Creating a world saturated with theological understanding is a monumental task which will require a multitude of faithful workers. The Hansen Fellowship is awarded to TEDS PhD students who are already contributing to this effort. This $10,000 fellowship is meant to put wind into the sails of thinkers who have exhibited remarkable academic performance, exceptional engagement with the Center and its mission, and extraordinary potential as servant-leaders in Christ’s kingdom.
Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology
“Scripture was given to the church, and theology is a necessary work of the church, by the church, in the church, and for the church.” This quote from Kenneth S. Kantzer (1917-2002) was exemplified by his lifelong dedication to strengthening churches, primarily through the founding of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. This lecture series celebrates Dr. Kantzer by exploring how theology serves churches practically, not merely theoretically.
Public Lectures and Events
TEDS is home to a number of world-class thinkers, and boasts connections to a wide network of many more. The Henry Center is proud to bring these brilliant minds on-stage to promote understanding for pressing topics. In this vein, we’ve established several programs which have reliably served HCTU’s extended community. These event programs include Scripture and Ministry, the Timothy Series, Trinity Debates, and the Trinity Symposium.
Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement
Theological understanding belongs to academics and laypeople alike. However, publicly voicing Biblical wisdom in an accessible and informed fashion can be difficult, especially concerning the doctrine of creation. Therefore, the Henry Center gifts $15,000 grants, as well as specialized church programming, to six pastors and their congregations each academic year. Each recipient will be equipped to organize a creation and science focus group, attend a customized consultation with the HCTU, host a full sermon series about understanding creation, and more.