Central Seminary seeks VP of academic affairs

For 121 years, Central Seminary, based in Shawnee, Kansas, has continually adapted to the ever-changing world. The seminary is now looking for its next vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty. The person will serve on the president's leadership team and serves as the seminary's primary academic officer. 

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Two elected, three re-elected to In Trust Center board

Members of the In Trust Center for Theological Schools elected two new members to the Board of Directors and re-elected three other directors. 

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The calling of the board member

Many theological school board members see their work as a calling. Dr. Karen Sawyer, a doctor of physical therapy and theological school board member, talks about why.

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What leaders need to know about Gen Z and mental health

Young adults don't see mental health the way older generations do. Research by the Springtide Research Institution shows what young people are thinking and how religious leaders can help.

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Lilly Endowment Launches National Initiative to Strengthen Christian Preaching

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.

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Booth University College in Winnipeg, Canada seeks new President & Vice Chancellor

The Centre for Salvation Army Studies is a small, focused institute within Booth University College that is focused on nurturing high quality research on The Salvation Army, which now operates in 130 countries around the globe.

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Finding renewal in the fall season

Fall is often seen as a season of death and decay, but In Trust Center board member Kathryn Glover writes in this devotional that "dormancy is not death but rest."

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National initiative launched to help parents share Christian faith with their children

Lilly Endowment is inviting eligible organizations to apply for funding to help interested parents and other caregivers share their Christian faith and values with their children.

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In Trust Center awarded $7.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment

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. (September 2022)

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In Trust receives Pathway grant from Lilly Endowment

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. (September 2022)

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Louisville Institute seeks new executive director

Long a leader in theological education in North America, the Louisville Institute is seeking a new leader.

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What to know about endowments

What's an endowment and how do you use it? A financial expert who serves on the board of a theological school offers wisdom and insight on endowments.

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Members of ATS' global engagement task force

People from a variety of schools are working with ATS in the Global Awareness and Engagement Initiative. 

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To embed or not

How should a board and senior leaders consider the prospect of embedding? Rev. Dr. Byron Klaus, who has been through the experience and coached others, offers practical advice.

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Resource Round-Up: Shared Governance Resources

Here are a few resources to help your institution define and discuss shared governance and ensure that everyone has a clear role in stewarding the institution.

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Legal issues and theological schools

Theological school boards can - and should - spend time preparing policies and procedures that prepare for potential legal actions. Find out more here.

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Providing a healing hand on mental health

Mental health is a struggle that clearly touches the world, ad there are ways that theological educators can help ease the stigma that prevents people from seeking assistance.

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Hello! Welcome to the In Trust Center!

The In Trust Center for Theological Schools was created to support theological schools in North America.

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Preparing leaders for multivocational ministry

For many ministers, multivocational ministry is normal. Dr. Darryl Stephens, an expert on the subject, says it has been for the history of the North American church, and Lancaster Theological Seminary is forging new paths to train people for multivocational ministry.

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Tell your school's story in three sentences

Can you tell a story in three sentences? If you can, you have a chance to attract more people to your institution and its mission. Here's how you can do it.

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A momentous decision: Selling land in Louisville

What does "an army of lawnmowers" have to do with the mission of a seminary? That's a question that Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary wrestled with.

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The Gift Collaborative addresses Black student debt

Black student debt from seminary is a serious problem, and The Gift Collaborative recently met in the nation's capital to press for ways to address the issue.

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ATS data shows return of enrollment trends

After seeing an increase during fall 2020, enrollment at ATS-accredited schools has returned to pre-pandemic trends. 

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Board members reelected to In Trust Center board

Membership of the In Trust Center recently reelected four members to the board of directors.

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Lilly Endowment announces Pathways for Tomorrow Grants

The In Trust Center will work with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) during the next five years to coordinate the initiative.

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Growing your school with planned giving

David Heetland, an experienced leader in theological education, is a well-regarded fundraiser with a track record of success and is now focused on legacy or planned giving. 

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Chicago Theological School searches for new president

CTS is looking for an experienced leader to take the reigns of the progressive seminary with a bold vision.

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Forming Good Samaritans - a reflection on the work

Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, Ph.D., an In Trust Center board member reminds us that seminaries "give living witness to grace, to hope, to life beyond the grasp of the imperial self of postmodernity. They remind us of the gospel witness to Jesus." 

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Resource Grant helps spur innovation

At Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an In Trust Center Resource Grant helped the school spur innovation and provided a way through the pandemic.

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Lessons on moving to a remote workforce

Brenda Bailey-Hainer led ATLA's staff from a big office in Chicago to a distributed workforce with people in several different states. She offers great insights and wisdom that can help any organization.

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New ATS data provides insights to graduating students

ATS' Graduating Student Questionnaire provides a variety of insights, including a note that student indebtedness appears to be dropping.

 

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New ATS data provides insights to graduating students

ATS' Graduating Student Questionnaire provides a variety of insights, including a note that student indebtedness appears to be dropping.

 

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How we did it: Creating a platform to engage the world

Wycliffe College created a blog that has found ways to bring prospective students and others to engage in the college and its work.

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Facebook rolls out new prayer function

Facebook prays? 🙏 The social media giant has a new way to connect - with prayer. 

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Resource Round-Up: Grant Writing and Sustainability Resources

Click here for a few resources to help your institution work through the grant writing and sustainability process

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Dr. Mary Hess on how to make the most of distributed learning

An expert on distributed learning, Dr. Mary Hess provides thoughts for faculty members, administrators, and board members on the future of theological education.

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In Trust Center's 2020 Annual Report

The In Trust Center is pleased to present its 2020 annual report.

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‘Sitting beside’ people to assess new leaders

Larry Braskamp proposes a type of assessment to engage people at all levels, particularly during a pandemic.

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Financial resources for Spring 2021 magazine

Chris Meinzer, ATS's chief operating officer, provides resources to help boards, leaders, and faculty understand seminary and theological school finances. 

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Pew survey sees Black Church’s role in creating more equitable society

New study shows that Black Americans believe the church has helped fight racial injustice and most Black adults are connected with a church.

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Yes, Zoom fatigue is real and here’s what you can do about it

If you feel tired from "Zooming," you're not alone. Stanford researchers say Zoom fatigue is real but it's also preventable.

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CARES Act annual report deadline Feb. 1

There's additional money for schools that file their annual report by the deadline.

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Lilly Endowment announces major grant to theological schools

Lilly Endowment Inc.’s new initiative will provide up to $87.5 million for ATS-accredited schools to better prepare pastoral leaders.

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Theological leaders take part in inaugural prayer service

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Kuan of Claremont School of Theology and Rev. Frederick Davie of Union Theological Seminary were part of the inaugural lineup. 

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New podcast focuses on future of theological education

Christian Theological Seminary launches a series of conversations with leaders in theological education.

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Four new members elected, two members re-elected to In Trust Center board (12/2/2020)

The chief executives of voting-eligible member schools of the In Trust Center recently elected four new members and re-elected two continuing members to serve on its board of directors. The heads of 103 institutions cast ballots, representing 59 percent of eligible voting members of the In Trust Center.

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Gallup poll finds mental health deteriorating (12/23/2020)

Have you seen mental health issues grow on campus due to the pandemic? How are you responding or planning to respond?

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Five reflections for leaders fulfilling their call to serve. (12/23/2020)

Here are five messages on leadership from a leadership conference hosted by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

 

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Using scenario planning to make decisions in uncertain times (10/30/20)

Read about a scenario planning webinar that Chronicle of Philanthropy produced, in partnership with the Monitor Institute by Deloitte, called “Planning & Decision Making in Uncertain Times.”

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New Vice President for Communication (9/23/20)

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

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