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May 31, 2024

New survey needs your input

The In Trust Center's Governance Initiative is surveying the field and needs to hear from executive leaders and board members. Your response will help shape our work and benefit the field! If you haven't already filled out a survey, please go here to complete it. You can also find out more at the link about the initiative. 

The future of learning and libraries

What do you do in this Google era, where all the world's information seems to be a few clicks – or a ChatGPT inquiry – away? For John Kutsko, Ph.D., and the team at Atla, the goal is to help theological schools better prepare tech-savvy students with new tools and ways to expand learning and access important information that isn't just a Google search away. Gregg Brekke chronicles how Atla foresees the future of libraries in theological education. Read more here. Also in the spring issue:

  • Creating communities of belonging: In Seattle, Derek McNeil, Ph.D., president and provost of the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, has been working to develop his school into a deeper community. Through a Pathways for Tomorrow grant, the school has considered its purpose and moved "into a deeper change of how we do business, how we work together, and how we think of ourselves in terms of our why and our calling." Read more about how the Seattle School is now considering its purpose here.

  • The ancient paths: In a reflection on calling, Matt Hufman considers the memory of the mission to which we're called and how it provides a way to a future and hope.

Full issue: You can read the magazine on the In Trust Center website. 


Learn the essentials of strategic partnerships

In the changing field of theological education, strategic partnerships can be an innovative way forward. In the webinar, "Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education," Rick Staisloff, senior partner of rpk GROUP, walks through the essential aspects of strategic partnerships, going into current trends, the identification of partners, navigating due diligence, and common challenges. Watch this on-demand webinar and get a free briefing on strategic partnerships here. 


The importance of the religious mosaic 

The Academy for Jewish Religion used a Pathways for Tomorrow grant to create a thoughtful series of videos to introduce Christian seminarians to an overview of Judaism and issues facing modern Jews. In Episode 65 of the Good Governance podcast, Ora Horn Prouser, Ph.D., the CEO and academic dean of the academy, discusses the impetus for the project, "Mosaic Religion and the Religious Mosaic," and discusses how she hopes viewers will receive the work. Other recent episodes include:

  • The role of specialty accreditation: Philip Dearborn, Ed.D., president of the Association for Biblical Higher Education, talks about what boards should consider about accreditation and how schools can benefit from it. Listen to Episode 64 here.

  • Returning to old ways: In a discussion on competency-based theological education, Kent Anderson, president of Providence University College and Theological Seminary, suggests that, in some ways, this may be a return to ancient ways of education. Listen to Episode 63 of the Good Governance podcast here.  

You can find more episodes on the In Trust Center's website. 

How to keep your board engaged

One of the questions we regularly receive is how to keep board members engaged in the work. We often refer people to Episode 10 of the Good Governance podcast. Wise Stewards Initiative governance coaches Lynette Brown-Sow and the Rev. Dr. Byron Klaus discuss how board engagement plays a critical part in the success of a theological school. Listen to Episode 10 of the Good Governance podcast here.

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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.

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