Mergers/partnerships/affiliations

You've decided to join forces. What's next?

A good start is important, but a strong finish is too.

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Coming to the table
Building on a shared missionary heritage, two Episcopal seminaries carefully chart a way forward


The two smallest Episcopal seminaries, Seabury Western and Bexley Hall, have forged a new federation. According to new president Roger Ferlo, the new school is “free to rethink everything, including what it means to prepare people for ministry.”

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 Three paths converge

With a significant financial gift and a denomination's backing, a Bible college, a liberal arts university, and a seminary are finding a way forward together.


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Stepping back

After sincere negotiations, two theological schools determine that a partnership isn't right - at least for now.



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Toronto School of Theology
A complex multidenominational consortium flourishes within one of Canada's top universities

The Toronto School of Theology, with its seven member schools, is a complex organism that reminds some observers of a bumblebee: There's no reason it should fly, but it does nonetheless.

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Forging partnerships
During times of economic crisis, many theological schools are considering mergers or other forms of cooperation. But do they know the pitfalls?

Robert E. Cooley enumerates motives for partnering, forms of collaboration, and potential weak points that can derail a joint venture.

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Due diligence
Considering an alliance with another institution? Ask the right questions


By diligently questioning many possibilities, governance leaders can direct a healthy exploration of a potential partnership. Scroll to the bottom of the article for a handy checklist if your institution is considering an alliance.

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Stepping back

After sincere negotiations, Meadville Lombard Theological School and Andover Newton Theological School determine that a partnership isn't right — at least for now.

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On the Canadian prairie, a merger brings energy and hope
Three years after the affiliation of two denominational schools, Ambrose University College finds that the benefits of partnership have surpassed the challenges. 

Current and past leaders reflect on the hurdles to merging Nazarene and Christian & Missionary Alliance schools.

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California Jesuits unite!
Berkeley school becomes a graduate division of Santa Clara University.

Pursuing a common mission, two Jesuit institutions in California have integrated.

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A case study in connection
The reaffiliation of Weston Jesuit School of Theology and Boston College

During the last few years, two venerable Jesuit institutions have joined forces, combining their strengths. But the process of reaffiliation is complex.

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