The In Trust Center provides learning communities through our webinars and facilitated conversations. These spaces are opportunities for members and affiliates to learn and discuss various issues in theological education. Our webinars are typically expert-led informational sessions during which presenters in an outside the field of theological education share information and answer questions from viewers. Facilitated conversations are led by In Trust Center staff and allow members to connect virtually to discuss trending topics and share resources and best practices.

A Discussion on Racial Bias & Institutional Racism

Join Rev. Matthew Wesley Williams, President of Interdenominational Theological Center, and Rev. Dr. Michael Joseph Brown, President of Payne Theological Seminary, as they discuss how leaders can have transformational conversations with their stakeholders around race and bias.​

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Fear and faithfulness in fundraising- How to navigate uncharted waters during the COVID-19 Pandemic

How and when to communicate with donors during the pandemic are tough questions to answer. Join Brad Layland and Ted Rodgers of The FOCUS Group to learn how to gracefully continue fundraising during COVID-19 and beyond.

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Preparing Future Ministers at an Accelerated Pace

If you are considering an accelerated pastoral degree program (APDP) at your institution and would like to learn more – or you are simply curious about what other schools are doing – this webinar is for you!

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Mining Your Board’s Potential: Strategies for Maximizing Board Members’ Contributions to Your School

The wisdom, professional expertise, and life experiences of the folks seated around your board table are worth their weight in gold to your school and its mission. Without clearly stated expectations of board members and ongoing education and encouragement to match, there is a chance you are leaving riches untapped.
 

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Communicating with Care During COVID-19

Rod Wilson will provide suggestions and practical steps for communicating with care, as well as facilitate peer learning during this webinar.

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Restarting Active Fundraising During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brad Layland, CEO of The FOCUS Group, and Ted Rodgers, Executive Consultant of The FOCUS Group, will offer guidance and practical steps for you to take to restart active fundraising during the “middle.”

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Collaboration & Shared Services: Exploring the Possibilities

This session, led by President of Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Brent Sleasman, invites conversation about an alternative to merging with or embedding within a larger institution: sharing organizational services.

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Effective Boards & Leadership Teams: Planning Through COVID Planning Beyond COVID

Join presenter David Alexander of Alexander Resource Strategies, as he shares why effective boards and leadership teams must research, imagine and plan for what lies ahead.

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Behind the Scenes with Documentary Filmmaker Martin Doblmeier

Join award-winning documentary filmmaker, Martin Doblmeier, as he discusses how his films can be used as educational tools, both in and outside the classroom.
 

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Theological Education and Interculturality: Working Diversity, Equity & Inclusion on Campus

Learn how to deepen awareness of intercultural education in the face of the multicultural community surrounding theological education.

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A Biblical Perspective on Diversity

Learn how to navigate diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and create an environment for diversity to thrive.

 

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Recruiting Board Members from Diverse Backgrounds

Dr. Derek McNeil, president of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, provides information on recruiting board members of diverse backgrounds. This presentation was offered as part of the Governance Between the Times seminar of the Wise Stewards Initiative.

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Maximizing the Power of Data Driven Governance: Dashboards and Strategic Indicators

Lynette M. Brown-Sow, president of L.M. Brown Management Group LCC, provides information on dashboards and strategic indicators. This presentation was offered as part of the Governance Between the Times seminar of the Wise Stewards Initiative. 

 

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Financial Awareness: Some Considerations for Every Board Member

Dr. Bryon Klaus, faculty coach for the In Trust Center Wise Stewards Initiative provides information on what board members needs to know about theological school finances. This presentation was offered as part of the Governance Between the Times seminar of the Wise Stewards Initiative. 

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Resource Grants

View a free information session as program staff provide an overview of the Resource Grant program.

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Continuing Education: Advance Your Mission

Continuing education can provide skills to help your graduates continue to grow in ministry, help innovate with new educational content and delivery, and broaden the base of people who support your institutional mission.

 

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Creative Problem Solving

Learn how this innovative and effective approach to problem solving will help identify challenges, gather information, and generate potential solutions.

 

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Lead Your Board in the Right Direction

Providing a well-organized board orientation can set the direction for the board and provide them with a strong foundation for leadership.

 

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Succession Planning: Building a Culture of Leadership Continuity

The sudden departure of a key leader can threaten your school’s mission. But it can also be an opportunity for growth if you have nurtured a culture of leadership continuity.

 

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The Business of Education: How One School Leveraged Online Learning (And how you can, too!)

Learn how to expand current offerings in order to increase enrollment and generate more revenue.

 

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What Then Shall We Do? Financial Challenges in a Time of Institutional and Educational Change

Learn about the most significant contributing factors that lead to financial stress in theological schools.

 

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Assessing Institutional Culture: How Traditions, Values, Behaviors, and Attitudes Influence Your School

Culture affects performance, engagement, retention, and satisfaction, all of which reflect on the student experience. Learn how to assess culture at your institution.

 

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Strategic Leadership: How to Develop a Mission-Driven Strategic Plan

Learn how to make strategic planning functional and practical for your institution.

 

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Building Your Brand

Communicate your school’s story to boost engagement and retention on your campus.

 

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Sitting Beside Rather Than Standing Over: A Guide to Presidential Assessment

A cooperative approach to assessment that outlines nine critical activities to include in the presidential assessment process.

 

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Writing for the Mass Media

Learn the basics of writing for the mass media, including achieving clarity, simplicity, unity and focus.

 

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A Culture of Generosity

As advancement strategists, we are called to eliminate a one-size-fits-all fundraising model, but that may require radical changes in how we understand philanthropy and transformative gifts. 

 

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Measuring Effectiveness: Evaluation Strategies for Online Learning Programs

Online courses require more thorough planning than traditional face-to-face courses and demand a more systematic approach to evaluation.

 

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Leadership & Change: Riding in the Right Direction

David McAllister Wilson and G. Douglass Lewis share the lessons they’ve learned in 35 years of leadership.

 

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Considering Partnership? What Questions Do You Have?

Answering your most perplexing questions about mergers, alliances, and other higher-ed partnerships.

 

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Transformational Philanthropy: Are You Exploring the Intersection of Faith and Giving?

Join us for a conversation about creating a culture of generosity in your institution.

 

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A Five-Year B.A./M.Div? How 19 Schools Are Rethinking Pastoral Preparation

Are you interested in learning about how a five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Divinity program can benefit your school?

 

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Social Media in Good Times...and Bad

Learn how to provide an authentic, trusted voice on social media platforms in “normal” times -- and then employ this voice to communicate during crises.

 

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Do You Understand Theological School Finances?

Join 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

Learn design strategies for launching online programs at your school.

 

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Inviting Participation: Understanding Your Role in Fundraising

Join this panel discussion which addresses  stakeholder’s roles and responsibilities in fundraising.

 

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Dashboards: What's on Yours?

Learn how you can use dashboards to track your school's performance.

 

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Shared Governance — Road Block or Fast Track?

How can true shared governance be an asset in times of rapid change?

 

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Critical Components of Online Learning

Learn the critical components of online learning and the process for pursuing online learning at your institution.

 

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The President and Board Chair Relationship

Learn about the importance and characteristics of a thriving president and board chair relationship.

 

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