Lilly Endowment announces preaching initiative

 Lilly Endowment Inc. is launching a new initiative to help Christian pastors strengthen their abilities to proclaim the gospel in more engaging and effective ways. The ultimate aim is to foster and support preaching that better inspires, encourages, and guides people to come to know and love God and to live out their Christian faith more fully. Read more about the initiative here

The endowment will hold informational meetings on January 12 and Jan. 18. You can find out more at the initiative's website. (Posted January 2023)


In Trust Center receives $7.5M Lilly grant

 Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded the In Trust Center for Theological Schools a $7.5 million continued support grant to provide funding for the operations of the center for a three-year period. The money will provide support for the In Trust Center’s operations through 2027.

“We’re grateful for Lilly Endowment’s generous support and strong commitment to the In Trust Center mission,” said Amy Kardash, president of the In Trust Center. “Lilly Endowment has long been a champion of theological education in North America, and we’re proud to partner with them in our work.”

See more here. (Posted September 2022)


In Trust Center receives Pathways grant

 The In Trust Center for Theological Schools was awarded a $590,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help further coordinate the Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative.

Lilly Endowment launched the three-phase Pathways Initiative in 2021 to help theological schools in North America respond to their most pressing challenges while they work to prepare pastoral leaders for Christian congregations.

See more here. (Posted September 2022)


Major Lilly grant announced for schools

Lilly Endowment, Inc., announced an exciting new initiative to provide up to $87.5 million in grants to help theological schools prepare pastoral leaders. The first phase of funding, which is noncompetitive for schools, provides $50,000 to schools to help them plan. Deadlines for the first phase are in February and March. See here for more.  



New Vice President for Communication!

The In Trust Center for Theological Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew J. Hufman as the new vice president for communication.

Matt will oversee all publications and communications for the In Trust Center and will serve as publisher of In Trust magazine.

“Matt has a demonstrated commitment to theological education and the expertise to drive the vision for our communications, building on the legacy of In Trust magazine,” says In Trust Center president Amy Kardash. “After an extensive search process, I am thrilled to welcome Matt to the In Trust Center.”

With more than two decades of experience in journalism and higher-education commucation, Matt currently serves as chief marketing and communications officer at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, where he reports to the president and bears responsibility for overall marketing and communication strategy. Previously he spent more than a decade at the Las Vegas Sun, where he was part of the team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Matt is a licensed Assemblies of God minister and holds a master of divinity degree from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He brings a deep appreciation and respect for the broad range of faith traditions and experiences of the In Trust Center’s members and affiliates as well as a broad understanding of the trends, challenges, and opportunities facing theological schools.

Matt and his wife, Dawn, have three children.

Matt will begin his role at the In Trust Center on October 26, 2020. (September 2022)


In Trust Center launches new website!

The In Trust Center for Theological Schools is expanding our online resources to allow leaders of theological schools to explore and access archive articles, webinars, templates and guides, initiatives, and videos with ease.
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