The In Trust Center Podcast is a weekly series released on Tuesday mornings. Along with theological school subject experts, explore helpful topics to assist seminaries in living out their missions more intentionally and sustainably. From governance to strategic planning and leadership, the In Trust Center Podcast is one more way to educate and resource theological school leaders and stakeholders toward mission vitality.

Podcast Episodes

Wise Stewards Governance Series

Tune in as experts from the In Trust Center’s Wise Steward’s Initiative discuss topics important to theological school boards such as assessment, orientation, recruitment and diversity, shared governance, and more.

Ep.11: A momentous decision

Tune in to episode 11 of the In Trust Center podcast where we are joined by guest Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (LPTS). Listen as he shares about the “momentous decision” to sell part of the LPTS campus and the importance of stewarding the mission of the institution. 

  • May 3, 2022
  • 46:28

 

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Ep.12: Bivocational ministry

This week, we talk with Rev. Dr. Darryl Stephens, director of United Methodist studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary, as he shares about a project he led that focuses on bivocational ministry. If you wish to see more from Dr. Stephens, check out his interview in the Spring 2022 issue of In Trust magazine 

  • May 10, 2022
  • 42:07

 

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Ep.13: Dirty Money

In this week’s episode, we talk with Dr. Rebekah Basinger, project director of our Wise Stewards Initiative, as she discusses the moral implication of institutions accepting "dirty money". Read more about this issue in the Spring 2022 issue of In Trust magazine here.

  • May 17, 2022
  • 41:11

 

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Ep. 14: Women in Leadership Series: A conversation with Rev. Joanne Rodriguez

In this week’s episode, we kick off a series of conversations with women in leadership throughout theological education. In today’s episode, Amy Kardash, president of the In Trust Center, speaks with Rev. Joanne Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI), about her work at HTI, Latina women in leadership, and raising up future leaders. 

  • May 24, 2022
  • 29:30

 

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Ep. 15: Women in Leadership Series: A conversation with Rev. Dr. Anna Robbins

In this week’s episode, we continue our conversations with women in leadership throughout theological education. Listen to today’s episode where Amy Kardash, president of the In Trust Center, speaks with Rev. Dr. Anna Robbins, president of Acadia Divinity College, about culture, innovation, and community.

  • May 31, 2022
  • 44:36

 

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Ep. 16: Women in Leadership Series: A conversation with Dr. Charisse Gillett

This week, we continue our conversations with women in leadership throughout theological education. In today’s episode, Amy Kardash, president of the In Trust Center, speaks with Dr. Charisse Gillett, president of Lexington Theological Seminary, about how she navigated big changes at her institution and trends of women in leadership.

  • June 7, 2022
  • 39:36

 

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Ep. 17: Women in Leadership Series: A conversation with Donna Alexander

In this week’s episode, Amy Kardash speaks with Donna Alexander, president and CEO of Advoxum Global Strategies and board chair at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Listen in as Ms. Alexander talks about how she led the board during a transition and how boards can cultivate and support new leadership.

  • June 14, 2022
  • 38:56

 

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Ep. 18: Women in Leadership Series: A conversation with Rev. Dr. Kit Kleinhans and Rev. Dr. Mary Shore

Join us for this week’s conversation where we talk with Rev. Dr. Kathryn (Kit) Kleinhans and Rev. Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore as they discuss leading embedded seminaries.

  • June 21, 2022
  • 37:49

 

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Ep. 19: Women in Leadership Series: A conversation with Cheryl Williams

Join us for this week’s conversation where we connect with Ms. Cheryl Williams about her work as an executive coach and board member.

  • June 28, 2022
  • 28:43

 

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Ep. 20: Women in Leadership Series: A conversation with Ruth McGillivray

This week, we continue our conversations with women in leadership throughout theological education. In today’s episode, we talk with Ruth McGillivray, who serves as interim President and Chief Operations Officer of Northwest Seminary and College about leadership, innovation, and driving change.

  • July 5, 2022
  • 39:01

 

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Ep. 21: A Discussion on Shared Governance

In this week’s episode, we talk with Dr. Rebekah Basinger and Dr. Marsha Foster Boyd about shared governance from multiple vantage points, and the importance of trust, transparency, and communication in the process.

  • July 12, 2022
  • 53:35

 

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Ep. 22: Consultant Series: A conversation with Carol Marturano-Becker

In this week’s episode, we kick off our Consultant Series with Carol Marturano-Becker, founder of IMPACT Learning Inc., where she shares best practices and tips for consultant engagement and presidential evaluation.

  • July 19, 2022
  • 37:34

 

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Ep. 23: Consultant Series: A conversation with Bill Nelsen

In today’s episode, we speak with Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Nelsen, senior consultant with The Registry, about interim leadership and how boards can best prepare for an interim leader in their institution.

  • July 26, 2022
  • 41:00

 

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Ep. 24: Consultant Series: A conversation with Ron Mahurin

In this week’s episode, we speak with Dr. Ron Mahurin, senior consultant at Design Group International about his consultation with boards and presidents. We cover mission, trends, board engagement, caring for the president, and more.

  • August 2, 2022
  • 33:22

 

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Ep. 25: Leadership in transition

Dr. David Gyertson, a former university president, consultant, and recruiter, knows what can go wrong in presidential transitions -- and what can go right. Join him as he discusses how to make the best of leadership changes.

  • August 9, 2022
  • 46:44

 

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Ep. 26: Hiring well, hiring right

Price Harding, chairman of the executive search firm CarterBaldwin, joins Amy Kardash on the podcast to talk about the essentials of hiring a leader. With more than three decades of experience, Harding offers insights into how a theological school should approach the search, what a board should consider, and what’s often missed in the search process.

  • August 16, 2022
  • 44:11

 

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Ep. 27: From good boards to great

Making boards good isn’t enough – they need to be great to help schools fulfill their callings, and Dr. Rebekah Basinger knows how. A board development and fundraising consultant, as well as a board member herself, Basinger provides expert advice on how boards can go from good to great. She also provides insight on how boards can be involved in fundraising and the In Trust Center’s Wise Stewards Initiative, as a fast track to improving a board. 

  • September 20, 2022
  • 41:23

 

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Ep. 28: Engaging in mental wellbeing

Up to 1 in 4 people have faced a mental health concern in the past year, according to studies, and that affects not only the Church but also theological schools. In this episode of the Good Governance podcast, Rev. Dr. Cedrick Von Jackson, pastor of the historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, explains how theological schools can play a vital role in helping people through this mental health crisis. 

  • October 4, 2022
  • 37:54

 

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Ep. 29: Preparing for crises

Legal issues and crises can quickly upend a theological institution, but the old saying is true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Dorian Persaud, a seasoned employment attorney who works with theological schools, helps organizations anticipate and understand key crisis issues before they happen. In this episode, he discusses some of the best ways schools can prepare and manage complaints and investigations.

  • October 18, 2022
  • 45:18

 

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Ep. 30: Energizing your board for fundraising

Fundraising expert Dr. Carla Maxwell Ray joins the podcast to share how boards can engage – and be energized – for fundraising. A senior strategist with Generis, a firm that helps churches and faith-based nonprofits to develop cultures of generosity, Ray also offers insights about launching a capital campaign as well as trends in giving. Don’t miss this. 

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  • November 1, 2022
  • 27:03

 

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Ep. 31: Maximizing your professional potential

In today’s episode, leadership coach Chris Thyberg joins the podcast to share how one-on-one coaching can produce tangible results. The founder and principal of The Serving Way, a non-profit leadership development and coaching practice dedicated to equipping emerging and established leaders with powerful serving practices in every facet of leadership, Thyberg also offers insights about employee engagement, active listening, and leading from a coaching mindset.

  • November 15, 2022
  • 48:15

 

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Ep. 32: Transforming the Education Model

In this new podcast episode, Dr. David Rowe, an AGB consultant and In Trust Center governance coach, discusses transforming the educational model in theological education. During this 20-minute follow-up to his "Guiding Transformations" webinar series, Rowe answers questions about why the educational model needs change and offers practical advice for theological school leaders.

  • November 29, 2022
  • 18:41

 

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