October 2014

ATS launches Educational Models project with Lilly Endowment funding  
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a grant of $5.95 million to ATS for a project titled Educating Religious Leaders in the Twenty-first Century: Educational Models and Practices of Theological Education. The four-year project is designed to assess current and developing educational models and practices of theological education, identify the most promising aspects of these models for the education and formation of religious leaders, assist member schools in implementing new and innovative models, and integrate models that offer promise into the work of the Association and its related Commission on Accrediting.
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Ten assertions about possessions, faith,
and the faithful use of possessions 
As a theological framework for considering the economic challenges facing future ministers, Luke Timothy Johnson offers 10 assertions about the intersection of the pragmatic and the mysterious. Read more, view the trailer, or view Johnson's full presentation from the April 2014 Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers gathering in Pittsburgh.

Ten-year finance study summarizes
ATS data  
The fifth decennial study using ATS data has yielded "Through Toil and Tribulation: Financing Theological Education 2001-2011" by Anthony T. Ruger and Chris A. Meinzer. The study focuses on tuition, financial aid, and the impact of escalating expenses at ATS schools. Published by the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary, it is summarized in a new In Trust magazine story. Read more. 

Shifting sands: Seminaries at a crossroads 
A reporter for Baptist News Global captures ATS Exectuive Director Daniel Aleshire's latest thoughts on how shifts in American religious life have theological institutions navigating unfamiliar landscape.
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