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The Association of Theological Schools and the In Trust Center are presenting (or co-presenting) three webinars in upcoming months that will be of interest to leaders of theological schools. The webinars cover student data, shared governance, and seminary finances and are designed to educate members of the board, faculty, and administration of theological schools on these essential topics.


ESQ Webinar: 2015-2016 Total School Profile Highlights

The first, “ESQ Webinar: 2015-2016 Total School Profile Highlights” is a free webinar presented by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The webinar will present highlights from the most recent Entering Student Questionnaire (ESQ), an annual survey of entering students administered by ATS. The ESQ collects demographic data from students, as well as information about how they came to seminary and vocational goals after graduation. According to ATS, the webinar is “designed for academic administrators and would also benefit faculty and board members who are interested in trends in theological education.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2016. 2:30 p.m. EST (60 minutes)

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Who’s in charge? Effective decision making in a time of crisis and fundamental change

Who’s in charge? Is a webinar on shared governance co-presented by ATS and the In Trust Center. Presenters will include Daniel Aleshire, ATS Executive Director, Richard Bliese, president of the In Trust Center, and researcher Barbara Wheeler. The three will discuss how effective governance addresses the fundamental challenges facing theological education.

Thursday, January 21, 2016. 1:00 p.m. EST (60 minutes)

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Do you understand theological school finances?

Do you understand theological school finances?” is presented by the In Trust Center, and will feature expert consultant Anthony Ruger. He will focus on the concept of economic equilibrium and its importance to your school. This webinar is designed for all stakeholders in theological education, not just the CFO or members of the finance committee.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016. 1:00 p.m. EST (60 minutes)
Members: $100. Nonmembers: $150.

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Looking for more information? Check out “Getting the most out of webinars,” our guide to webinars. Or visit for a listing of upcoming and past webinars. 

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Strategic Partnerhips


In this on-demand webinar, Rick Staisloff, senior partner of rpk GROUP, will discuss essential aspects of strategic partnerships. He will explore current trends, identify partners, navigate the due diligence process, and addresses common challenges. In addition to technical components of partnerships, he will also examine the intangible – yet critical – elements of partnerships, such as building trust and managing relationships.

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.

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