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Recorded webinar:  

Measuring effectiveness: Evaluation strategies for online learning programs

Recorded on May 10, 2017 (60 minutes)

Generational, social, and economic drivers are prompting more seminaries to offer online and hybrid programs. Just as online courses require more thorough planning than traditional face-to-face courses, they also demand a more systematic approach to evaluation. 

Join presenter Roxanne Russell, Director of Online Learning at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, as she shares the design, experiences, survey feedback, and learning analytics from Candler's first full cycle of its online D.Min. program.


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Leadership and change: Riding in the right direction

Recorded on March 28, 2017 (60 minutes)

How do you identify and deal with a crisis? Will fundraising save a seminary?

Join presenters David McAllister-Wilson, president of Wesley Theological Seminary, and G. Douglass Lewis, president emeritus, as they answer these questions and share the valuable lessons they’ve learned in 35 years of leadership. Things are different now than they used to be, but lessons from the past are still crucial.

Registrants will receive a free copy of G. Douglass Lewis’ book, Leadership and Change: A President’s Story. 



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Considering partnership?

Recorded on March 7, 2017 (60 minutes)

What is important for the president and board to know before, during, and post-partnership? How can institutions avoid common pitfalls?

Join Richard (Tom) Ingram, president emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards, and Richard Staisloff, principal of rpk GROUP, as they answer your questions about mergers, alliances, and other higher-ed partnerships. Ask your own questions in advance and they’ll become the basis of the webinar.
If you are considering a partnership, you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to engage confidentially with experts.

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Transformational philanthropy: Are you exploring the intersection of faith & giving?
Recorded on December 6, 2016 (60 minutes)

Do you find yourself measuring dollars without measuring impact? Are you struggling to achieve a mindset that elevates transformation over transactions? Join presenter Aimée Laramore for a discussion on the spirituality of fundraising and the importance of creating a culture of generosity in your institution.  

This webinar is ideal for any stakeholder interested in deepening their understanding of fundraising.  

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A five-year B.A./M.Div?  How 19 schools are rethinking pastoral preparation

Recorded on November 2, 2016 (60 minutes)

Are you interested in learning about how a five-year bachelor of arts/master of divinity program can benefit your students?  Join us for this free educational event generously sponsored by the Kern Family Foundation. Presenters Josh Good (Kern Family Foundation), David Dockery (Trinity International University), John Mark Yeats (Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), and Mark Belokonny (Multnomah University) will discuss the opportunities and challenges of administering this five-year pastoral degree program. 

This webinar is ideal for anyone interested in learning more about this program and its impact for future pastors and the theological community.

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Board orientation: Include the right ingredients
Recorded on September 13, 2016 (60 minutes)

Has your school recently elected new board members? Have you been tasked with developing the orientation process, or need an orientation refresher? A well-organized orientation program will lay the foundation for successful school leadership and give new board members the tools they need to become informed decision makers. Join presenters Rebekah Basinger and William Myers as they outline the essential elements of board orientation.

This webinar is ideal for presidents, administrators, and new and existing board members interested in deepening their role.

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The priority of governance in really tough times
Recorded on May 4, 2016 (60 minutes)

Presenter Barbara Wheeler will:

  • Review the major financial and enrollment challenges that threaten the strength and even survival of many theological schools
  • Report findings of the governance study about the fitness of boards and other governors to meet those challenges
  • Outline concrete steps that chief executives and governors can take to strengthen their relationship and their schools.

Daniel Aleshire, Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools will provide a response and commentary.

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Social media in good times...and bad
Recorded on April 26, 2016 (60 minutes)

Join In Trust publisher Jay Blossom as he offers strategies for getting your message out in "normal" times and staying on point when things are not so normal. He'll be joined by Leanne Van Dyk, president of Columbia Theological Seminary, who will share how her school used social media to communicate transparently during her predecessor's terminal illness, and how she's using new media now to engage constituents and get her seminary's message out.



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Do you understand theological school finances?

Recorded on March 8, 2016 (60 minutes)

Before you think, that's someone else's job, think again. As a stakeholder, board member, administrator, or faculty member, understanding your school’s finances is critical to the mission of your school. This webinar will be especially useful to the non-financial trustee, faculty member, or administrator. 

Join presenter Anthony Ruger as he focuses on the concept of economic equilibrium and why this concept should be important to you.


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Online Course Design Online course design
Recorded on December 1, 2015, (60 minutes)

Is your school looking to offer more and better online learning flexibility to your students? Are you familiar with best practices and strategies in online course design to best serve the needs of your faculty and students? Successful online course design requires ecological thinking, working back and forth between the intricacies of faculty presence, content curiosities, creative presentation, technological capabilities, and student expectations.

Join presenter Roxanne Russell, Director of Online Learning, Candler School of Theology, Emory University as she shares design strategies and lessons learned after the first year launch of Candler's online Doctor of Ministry program.

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Social media and institutional conflict 
Recorded on May 12, 2015 (60 minutes)

Join presenter Jay Blossom, publisher of In Trust magazine, as he offers strategies for improving both “broadcast” and “social” communication. And learn from Rick Barger, president of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, as he shares how he has been strengthening alumni and church relations through social media, building his annual giving to new heights.

You'll take away extensive resources that can help you to develop and implement a stronger social media presence -- and prepare you for conflicts and social media firestorms that can distract or even threaten to knock your school off course.

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Understanding your role in fundraising
Recorded on February 18, 2015 (60 minutes)

It takes a team -- board members, administrators, and faculty -- working together to raise funds in support of a vibrant theological school. But what should you know about fundraising, and what can you do to ensure your school's fundraising success? 

Join presenters Wendy Deichmann, president of United Theological Seminary, Greg Henson, president of Sioux Falls Seminary, and Rebekah Burch Basinger, consultant on fundraising and board education, as they describe what you can do to help improve the development process at your school. 

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Critical components of online learning
Recorded on December 2, 2014 (60 minutes)

How do you engage students via online learning? 

Are you exploring potential learning management systems? Interested in learning more about pedagogically sound online course design? If yes, join Roxanne Russell, online instructional designer at Candler School of Theology, as she explores the critical components of online learning and answers your questions. 

This webinar is applicable to participants in all stages of online learning program development and implementation.

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Dashboards: What's on yours? Dashboards: What’s on yours?
Recorded on May 1, 2014 (60 minutes) 

Do you have a dashboard? Use it well! Dashboards, strategic indicators, benchmarks, and scorecards are important ingredients of your institution's health. Be sure you know their value and how to get the most out of them!

The In Trust Center is pleased to present this webinar in collaboration with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education. Presenters Robert Landrebe, Chris Meinzer, and Anthony Ruger discuss how to develop an ideal dashboard for your institution. What should a good dashboard include? Who determines what is included? How often should it be viewed? And who is the target audience?

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Shared governance: Road block or fast track?
Recorded on February 18, 2014 (60 minutes)

Rebekah Basinger and Paul Dovre explore the topic of shared governance. 

Good communication and group participation sound good, but can shared governance get in the way? 

How can true shared governance be an asset in times of rapid change? How does it work when a quick decision is needed? Who is getting it right and how it can work better at your school?

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Pathways to seminary Pathways to seminary
Recorded on December 3, 2013 (60 minutes)

Barbara Wheeler and Anthony Ruger discuss their research on seminary enrollment and the paths students take to seminary. 

They focus on factors associated with enrollment decline and on the findings of Auburn Center research about how good students make the decision to attend a theological school. 

Commentary by Daniel Aleshire of the Association of Theological Schools.


Recorded webinar:
The president and board chair relationship
Recorded on February 12, 2013 (60 minutes)

Rebekah Birch Basinger and Dr. Paul J. Dovre discuss the importance of the president and board chair relationship. What are the characteristics of a thriving relationship? What is a model for building and sustaining effective communication between the president and board chair? What are the contours of their shared work and the boundaries that should be respected? Is there a template agenda to which the president and board chair should attend?  

These questions and more will be answered during this one hour webinar.

Recorded webinar:
Transition planning: Are you prepared?
Recorded on November 14, 2012 (60 minutes)

Transitions are unavoidable. In this recording we explored the essentials of a good transition plan. This webinar will help you and your board explore the following questions confidentially:

  • Presidential transition. How can your school be prepared for anticipated or emergency transition in the president's office?
  • Other leadership transitions. How can the succession of board leadership and administrative officers be synchronized to maintain the school during transitions?
  • Mission effectiveness. How can a leadership succession become an opportunity to take the mission of your school to new levels of effectiveness?
  • Finishing well. How can outgoing leaders serve the school's mission and renew their own vitality when the mantle of leadership has been passed?