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The Newsletter for Chairs of Theological School Boards
Vol. 1 No. 6

Some faith traditions use the term “calling” when they talk about people in the clergy, that they’re “called” to the work and see it as a sacred obligation. We see something similar with the most effective members of theological school boards – they see their roles as important, and they undertake the board work with sincerity and commitment.
In the Winter edition of In Trust magazine, which just came out, we interviewed Dr. Karen Sawyer, who has served on the board of Missio Seminary for three decades, about what she sees as a calling to the board. I can tell you personally that she’s a top-notch board member: She’s also on the In Trust Center’s Board of Directors.

Her story is about what makes her tick, but what’s universal is a sense of faithfulness to the calling. (You can find the magazine story here. You can also find the full interview on our podcast page here.)
I mention Karen’s story because sometimes the importance of the board’s work is overlooked, and it shouldn’t be. Everything in a school eventually rests on the board, and good governing boards make an incredible difference in the mission and work of a school.
So at the start of this year, let me offer a few resources to you to consider your board’s work and its calling:

I hope these help you and your board start 2023 well. Let me know what else would be helpful or what practices you think your board does well or needs help on. Send an email here.

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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