Leadership

What have we learned?

Over the past 12 weeks, we have looked at operational models and student educational debt at seminaries within the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The impetus of this conversation was a research project that I co-led alongside Dr. Harriet Rojas of Indiana Wesleyan University. Sioux Falls Seminary, Northern Seminary, and Indiana Wesleyan University worked together…

What do we know? Pt 2

Today, we are going to look at some inferences that we might be able to make as a result of our research into operational models and student educational debt at seminaries within the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Sioux Falls Seminary, Northern Seminary, and Indiana Wesleyan University worked together on a project with the goal…

What do we know? Pt 1

Today, we continue a series on operational models and student educational debt at seminaries within the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Over the last few weeks, we looked at why we care about this topic. Today, we are going to share a little more about what we know to be true regarding operational models and…

How much debt is too much debt?

Often times, the challenges we face and the opportunities they create are multifaceted. The fact that large numbers of seminarians are taking significant amounts of educational debt with them when they graduate is no exception. In a recent research project that was part of the Lilly Endowment’s Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers initiative, Dr. Harriet…

Learn Quickly, Move Often

We are facing unprecedented change in theological education. Enrollment is declining, financial models are being challenged, and longtime assumptions are no longer true. Students, accreditors, the federal government, and local ministries are all demanding more from seminaries and the system of theological education. What are we to do? I say it is time to learn…