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In Trust is the common name of the Association of Boards in Theological Education, a nonprofit organization that promotes the well-being of graduate-level theological schools in North America. We believe that the healthiest theological schools have a strong system of governance. In theological education, as elsewhere in higher education, governance is shared by three groups -- the board of directors or trustees, the faculty acting in their corporate capacity, and the office of the president (including the president's cabinet or executive staff). In many theological schools, a denomination, religious order, or other church body also has a formal or informal role in the institution's governance.

In Trust includes two program areas:

Editorial: In Trust magazine has been published quarterly for 20 years. You can read the latest issue online here. Our Web site includes online-only resources. And our e-newsletter is issued once every two months.

Governance services: In Trust's Governance Mentors visit theological school campuses in the United States and Canada to help boards grow in their governance expertise. They often help boards interpret the results of In Trust's governance assessment instruments for boards -- like the Financial Health Checkup, the Institutional Health Checklist, or the Board Performance Audit. In addition, In Trust offers a Presidential Evaluation, which helps boards to strengthen and support the president's work.

In Trust has no denominational affiliation. Our board and staff represent a variety of Christian faith traditions, including Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, mainline Protestant, and evangelical Protestant. 

In Trust's office is in Wilmington, Delaware. The acting president is G. Douglass Lewis, Ph.D. Biographies of all our staff are here.

Donations are tax-deductible in the United States and Canada.

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Upcoming Events

The In Trust Center hosts learning community spaces throughout the year. Check out our upcoming events below.

Closing the Trust Gap


The current and very troubling condition of trust is a clarion call to action. But despite the dismal data showing pervasive organizational distrust, every organization can assess their current level of trust, learn and adopt a proven trust building framework, and then develop a meaningful and long-lasting plan of action. This webinar details the knowledge and practical next steps to strengthen workplace culture as a result of closing the trust gap.

In Trust Center Resource Grants


An In Trust Center Resource Grant offers member schools a chance to explore innovation at their institutions through a matching grant opportunity of up to $15,000. Listen to this 30-minute information session, including Q&A, as we provide details on eligibility requirements, funding priorities, application process. Previous grantees are eligible to apply as long as they are not within our current funding cycle.

Conflict + Crisis: Navigating the Shoals, Part 2 – A Deeper Dive


Presenter Donna Alexander, President & CEO of Advoxum Global Strategies, offers best practices for navigating conflict and crisis. She examines the crucial elements of defining conflict and crisis, identifying, and prioritizing affected stakeholders, utilizing effective communication strategies, and ultimately, executing a plan of action. Click here to view.

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