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Theological degree programs in two of America's prisons plus an excerpt from "Wise Stewards," In Trust's official statement on the roles and responsibilities of boards in theological education. Also, the president-board chair relationship: nine keys for a healthy relationship, how boards and presidents can embrace change, and personal reflections from a president and board chair on working together.
Financial accountability for religious organizations, the essential need for strategic planning, and the board's role in planning. Plus, the library: six considerations for library renovations and the importance of the librarian in online learning.
The four habits of effective boards, the role of the executive committee, and the need to understand how your institution's graduate programs shape the faculty. Plus, the fourth in our series on Oral Roberts University, with a focus now on its new president.
New Year 2011
The importance of the annual fund and alumni giving, the board's responsibilities with annual giving, and staying true to your mission in times of change.
Dan Aleshire's take on changing theological education in a changed world, summer theology programs for teens, board diversity and the benefits it brings, and reflections on the merger between two Canadian schools, three years into their union.
A study of Canadian theological schools and their deep roots in shifting terrain, what makes a president effective, the questions to ask when considering a merger with another institution, and board members and financial reporting.
The future and mission of the theological library, the importance of mission when considering excess capacity, and Oral Roberts University's new scholarship for those that exemplify the "whole person."
New Year 2010
Indiana Wesleyan University is applying its model of distance learning to theological education. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is thinking carefully about its contributions to the community. And, how shared governance doesn't need to mean a standoff among competing factions — but can be a way for the board, president, and faculty to use their distinct roles, listen to others, and make decisions that work.
Pursuing a common mission, two Jesuit institutions in California have integrated. And, founded by a famous evangelist, Oral Roberts University is being transformed not just by a major gift, but by the strings attached.
Essential considerations for those pondering a merger, the growing importance of shorter degree programs in theological education, and the reaffiliation of two Jesuit institutions. Plus, socially responsible investing.