Financial health


Do you understand theological school finances?
Recorded on March 8, 2016 (60 minutes)

Do you understand theological school finances? 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. Join presenter Anthony Ruger as he focuses on the concept of economic equilibrium and why this concept is so important.

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The budget is a beast

To tame the dragon, you’ve got to downsize beloved programs.

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Through toil and tribulation

Excerpts from the recent report on seminary finances from the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary.

Basic financial vocabulary for board members

A glossary compiled and edited by In Trust's Governance Mentors.






Board members talk back 
What they know about finances; what they need to know
An informal survey of seminary board members reveals that many want better financial reporting. And Robert Landrebe tells us his response to the survey results.

Viewpoint
Why I am glad my school declared financial exigency
The president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary writes about the pain and new growth that followed her school's declaration of financial exigency.


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In Trust Governance Mentor Rebekah Basinger describes the framework of exemplary performance that boards should follow in both bad times and good.

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In Trust's former board chair compares theological education with the airline industry and sees parallels in how to maintain an organization's viability in stormy weather.

After the fall
If you think this year has been tough, take a look ahead

Tony Ruger, senior research fellow at the Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education, talks to In Trust about how endowment-driven schools can face the years ahead.

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Basic financial vocabulary for board members

A glossary compiled and edited by In Trust's Governance Mentors.



Basic financial vocabulary for board members

A glossary compiled and edited by In Trust's Governance Mentors.