Resourceful and Resilient
GenZ, blockchain, and spurring innovation
I am writing in August, on the eve of a new academic year. Another season approached with uncertainty due to COVID-19 and its variants, which will continue to impact on-campus life, hybrid and remote learning, and institutional planning in the year ahead.
On Your Mind | Letters to the Editor
I read with interest, as always, the Summer issue of In Trust. I’ve spent the past 40 years in several roles in theological education, and the magazine seems to visit all aspects in a fine balance.
Uncertain and Unbundled
Are you ready for Gen Z?
New research shows that Gen Z are spiritual but not necessarily religious, which brings a new challenge in preparing ministers.
Righting Wrongs
Virginia Theological issues first reparation payments to descendants of slaves, Jim Crow workers
VTS is making payments from the earnings of a $1.7 million endowment established in 2019 to compensate families.
Present Moment | Apocalypse Now?
Finding faith in an anxious world
“Apocalypse” is on the minds of many in these strange times.
Podcast Picks | From Our Ears to Yours
Five podcasts you won’t want to miss
From in-depth conversations, to church history, and interviews about the Black Church, these are podcasts to put on your playlist.
Momentous Decision | Moving online
Atla’s Brenda Bailey-Hainer on pivoting to a distributed workforce
Going to a distributed workforce was sped up by the pandemic.
Acclaim | In Trust magazine earns recognition for excellence
Redeveloped publication earns several honors
Judges have noticed the magazine’s writing and new look in several competitions.
All People Considered | Honoring faith and culture
NAIITS opens pathways for indigenous students
The Rev. Dr. Terry LeBlanc has not been shy on the subject of learning opportunities for Native North American and other indigenous students.
Future Promise | New Wineskins
Transforming purpose in theological education
The rational, geographically displaced European model of education that we inherited is no longer preparing people for the spaces in which they serve.
Governance matters | The ten accrediting commandments
What the redeveloped standards of the Association of Theological Schools means for boards
With apologies to the hit musical Hamilton, Sebastian Mahfood, Ph.D., offers his “commandments” as an idea to help boards think through meeting accreditation standards.
Spurring Innovation
In Trust Center Resource Grant helps school respond to pandemic
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School received a Resource Grant that helped the seminary respond to the pandemic.
Relics | The Face of Methodism
John Wesley’s death mask reveals much about his era – and the man himself
The Methodist Archives at Drew University, home of Drew Theological Seminary, hold a unique piece of history that provides an insight into the founder of Methodism.
How We Lived | Twists of Fate
How McCormick Seminary survived the Great Chicago Fire
This fall marks the 150th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, and the history of it is astounding.
Films and Books
The wondrous abiding work of government
Readers of a certain age may remember Richard Scarry’s Busytown book series for children, which detailed, through Scarry’s whimsical illustrations, all the goings-on of a community.
Like Incense on the Altar
How people are praying
In Trust asked several theological school leaders for their prayer requests for this year. Here are a few of their responses.
Changing Scenes
New leaders and new board chairs
New leaders in theological education
Leadership | To care and to tend
Elías Ortega on reshaping the contours of tradition
When the call came to lead Meadville Lombard Theological School into its next chapter, my “yes” was a response to the living tradition that grounds its mission.

Other Issues


Feature articles 3 Articles
On My Mind 1 Articles
On Your Mind 1 Articles
The Crossing 2 Articles
The Culture 3 Articles
The Guardian 2 Articles
The Sign 1 Articles
The Star 8 Articles

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