News & Insights

The Newsletter for Chairs of Theological School Boards
Vol. 2 No. 4

It's hard to believe that it's already the end of the year. It has been a very full year at the In Trust Center, as I'm sure it has been at your institution.

The year-end holidays are a great time to rest and recalibrate. It's important for leaders to take a break, and I hope you will get a chance to rest during this holiday season. In my year-end reflection, I am grateful for you and the good work you and your school do. I'm also grateful for the privilege of being able to work with you.

I am looking forward to the New Year with expectations for all of us in theological education. I mentioned this last month, but it's worth noting again: We'll have two facilitated conversations for board chairs in January. In the first, we'll be joined by Dr. David C. Wang, a noted psychologist and researcher at Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Wang is the lead researcher in a governance research project we're launching next year. In this conversation, we'd love to hear about some of your current practices on your board and the governance model you follow. This will help us identify wise practices for boards.

In the second conversation, we'll have time just for board chairs and staff of the In Trust Center to talk about issues that are important to you. We'll ask about what issues are important to you right now and how we can best support you. The conversation with David Wang is at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jan. 23. You can register here. The conversation with the In Trust Center staff is at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 24. You can register here.

May you have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! I'll look forward to seeing you in 2024!

With gratitude for all you do in theological education,
Amy Kardash

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Upcoming Events

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

I See That Hand


Board members are typically recruited for their leadership, business acumen, and networks. Dr. Rebekah Basinger, project director of the In Trust Center’s Wise Stewards Initiative, will discuss how strategic questioning and interrogation skills are essential for effective board stewardship.

Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education


In this on-demand webinar, Rick Staisloff, senior partner of rpk GROUP, discusses essential aspects of strategic partnerships. This session delves into current trends, identification of partners, navigating the due diligence process, and common challenges.

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.


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