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

Ep. 1: Our "new normal"

Tune in to episode 1 of the In Trust Center podcast where we are joined by guests Dr. Rebekah Basinger, Wise Stewards Initiative Project Director, and Dr. David Rowe, Wise Stewards Initiative Faculty Coach and governance consultant. Listen as they share insights on how the effects of COVID-19 have changed how theological schools cultivate “community”, use technology, and the pandemic’s impact on boards as they live into the future.

  • Jan 31, 2022
  • 36:32

 

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Ep. 2: Board orientation

Tune in to episode 2 of the In Trust Center podcast where we are joined by guests Dr. Byron Klaus and Dr. Rod Wilson, Wise Stewards Initiative Faculty Coaches and governance consultants. Listen as they share best practices for a thorough board orientation, from onboarding to creating a healthy board culture and clear roles and responsibilities for new and existing board members. 

  • Feb 8, 2022
  • 36:17

 

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Ep. 3: Board assessment

Tune in to episode 3 of the In Trust Center podcast where we are joined by guests Dr. Rod Wilson, Wise Stewards Initiative Faculty Coach and governance consultant, and Dr. Rebekah Basinger, Wise Stewards Initiative Project Director and governance consultant. Listen as they share best practices for building a culture of assessment and share helpful insights on the whowhat, and why of assessment.

  • Feb 15, 2022
  • 47:58

 

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Ep. 4: The president and board chair relationship

Tune in to episode 4 of the In Trust Center podcast where we are joined by guests Dr. Rod Wilson and Dr. Byron Klaus, Wise Stewards Initiative Faculty Coaches and governance consultants. They will discuss how the board chair and president relationship positively impacts the institution, with key insights including the mutual respect, shared purpose, communication, compromise, and encouragement that are valued in this important relationship.

  • Feb 22, 2022
  • 28:36

 

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Ep. 5: Board recruitment and diversity

Tune in to episode 5 of the In Trust Center podcast where we are joined by guests Ms. Lynette M. Brown-Sow, Wise Stewards Initiative Faculty Coach and governance consultant, and Dr. Rebekah Basinger, Wise Stewards Initiative Project Director and governance consultant. They will share more about the board’s role in recruitment and diversity and how tending to institutional equity, diversity, and inclusion is critical.

  • Mar 1, 2022
  • 43:42

 

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Ep. 6: The uniqueness of advisory boards

Tune in to episode 6 of the In Trust Center podcast where we are joined by guests Dr. Byron Klaus and Dr. Rebekah Basinger, Wise Stewards Initiative Faculty Coaches and Governance consultants. This episode will explore the difference between governing boards and advisory boards, the uniqueness of embedded school advisory boards, and how they support the mission of the institution.

  • Mar 8, 2022
  • 51:01

 

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Ep. 7: President and board reflections

Tune in to episode 7 of the In Trust Center podcast where we are joined by guests Dr. David Rowe, Wise Stewards Initiative Faculty Coach and governance consultant, and Dr. Rebekah Basinger, Wise Stewards Initiative Project Director and governance consultant. This episode gives a firsthand look at interim president and board member relationships and offers key insights for other interims and the valuable role they play in the institution. 

  • Mar 15, 2022
  • 43:56

 

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Ep. 8: The consultant's viewpoint

Tune in to episode 8 of the In Trust Center podcast where we are joined by guests Dr. David Rowe and Ms. Lynette M. Brown-Sow, Wise Stewards Initiative Faculty Coaches and governance consultants. Listen in as they discuss the value of the board engaging a consultant, the issues boards should consider, and important questions to ask. 

  • Mar 22, 2022
  • 29:29

 

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Ep. 9: Presidential evaluation and care

Tune in to episode 9 of the In Trust Center podcast where we are joined by guests Ms. Lynette M. Brown-Sow and Dr. Rod Wilson, Wise Stewards Initiative Faculty Coaches and governance consultants. Our guests will explore the importance of the board’s role in caring for the president, how presidential assessment is linked to that care, and the benefits of assessment at key points in the president’s career. 

  • Mar 29, 2022
  • 46:13

 

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Ep.10: Board engagement

Tune in to episode 10 of the In Trust Center podcast where we are joined by guests Ms. Lynette M. Brown-Sow and Dr. Byron Klaus, Wise Stewards Initiative Faculty Coaches and governance consultants. Listen as they discuss why engagement is so critical to the success of a theological school board, and how effective meeting agendas, feedback from trustees, and diverse voices can aid in fostering the skills and interests of board members.

  • Apr 5, 2022
  • 26:49

 

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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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