About Foundation Basics for New Members: Teacher and Student Manual by Dr. Vanesa M. Scott-Thompson:
New members class is an essential orientation class that increases the likelihood that new members will remain connected to your church. This manual’s ten-session series provides both teachers and students with a roadmap and guidebook on key topics such as salvation, Godhead, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, praise and worship, and so much more that are the foundation of Christianity. This manual is intended to provide a mixture of local church information, Christian doctrine, and life application. It is intended for pastors, ministers, Christian Education directors, Bible Studies teachers and new Christians.
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Dr. Vanesa Scott-Thompson’s writing bug was birthed in adolescence. She has kept a journal since she was 12 and that is where her writing was sparked. She won writing contests in 8th grade, senior year of high school and senior year of college. She was also an educator for 20 years and dedicated her life to building the capacity of others, hence the launch of her inaugural book about new members.
She is a Christian wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, mentor and leader. She has a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Secondary Education, English. She has both a master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago. She is the first person in her family to have a doctoral degree, studied abroad and now a published author.
She is currently a vice president in the non-profit sector. In her career, she has been a middle and high school teacher, instructional coach of high school teachers, assistant principal of a high school and principal of both an elementary and a high school. She has also been a coordinator and an assistant director in higher education. She is a seasoned leader in K-12, higher education and non-profit.
Dr. Scott-Thompson is currently a member of Living Word Christian Center led by Dr. Bill Winston. She has held a variety of leadership roles in multiple churches including praise team, youth ministry, youth choir, Sunday School and new members. She has been married to her husband for almost 20 years and she has 2 children.