This is the third in a series of articles about the rapidly changing environment of theological education. The first article, “More Schools, Fewer Students,” appeared in the Autumn 2013 issue and is available at The second, “Charitable Giving and Your Seminary,” followed in the New Year 2014 issue and is available at

Three phrases describe the challenges that seminary leaders face in 2014: more schools, fewer students, and declining financial support. That was the big picture we painted in our two previous In Trust articles (which you can find via links below). If we stopped now, you might be tempted to resign from board membership or step down from administrative service. But take heart!

In this article we offer examples of several best practices, tested in the field, for garnering financial support from individuals, congregations, denominations, and foundations. We've based these insights on a decade of peer research conducted at accredited seminaries of various sizes, along with our own experience in the field. These best practices share certain traits: 

Article from: Spring 2014

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