Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative

The In Trust Center for Theological Schools has received a $1.35 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help fund coordination of its Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative.

Starting in January 2022, The In Trust Center will work with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) during the next five years to coordinate the initiative. The three-phase initiative is designed to help theological schools prioritize and respond to their most pressing challenges as they work to prepare pastoral leaders for Christian congregations.

ATS and the In Trust Center will partner to provide resources and research, and they will convene the grantees to provide a learning community to help encourage innovation and collaboration.

The In Trust Center coordination grant comes as part of the second phase of the initiative during which the Lilly Endowment announced additional grants to 84 ATS-accredited schools. The grants range from $500,000 to $1 million, and the schools that received them reflect the broad spectrum of Christian traditions in North America.

Read more, including a list of grantees and an FAQ, at

To connect with the In Trust Center and ask about how we can help, click here to email us. 

ATS, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is the coordinator of the grant. You can find the ATS website here. You can reach Jo Ann Deasy, the ATS director for the Pathways coordination program, here.

Below, you'll find a list of curated resources.

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About the In Trust Center's role

In Trust Center President Amy Kardash discusses the work of the In Trust Center and outlines how it will help in the Pathways initiative in this video from January 2022:



Storytelling for grantees

Matt Hufman,  vice president for communication of the In Trust Center, provides a framework to give grantees a way to tell their story to anyone, including students, faculty, denominational officials, and donors. Watch the video, from March 2022, here:


Sustainability for schools

David Rowe, an AGB Consulting group leader and coach of the In Trust Center's Wise Stewards Initiative, is leading a series of webinars on sustainability for theological institutions.  You can sign up for upcoming webinars or watch on-demand webinars here. 

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