January 2019
Reports of the MDiv's death are greatly exaggerated.   
Accreditor Tom Tanner looks at issues of duration, denomination, and vocation, asking, "If the MDiv is 'dying,' why do 40% of all ATS students continue to enroll in it?" Read more. 

ATS participates in national summit on economics of ministry 
Programming showcased the work of 110 projects funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and highlighted best practices and tools that are making a difference. Read more.
Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story
to begin airing next month
Journey Films has produced another deeply significant film, and you won't want to miss it. Find out more.

"Blown away by the wisdom in the room"--ATS School for Peer Reviewers benefits new and experienced evaluators 
It takes more than 150 volunteer peer reviewers to serve on more than 50 accreditation visits each year, and they find real value in the work. Read more.

Resource grants available: Register for In Trust's February 7 webinar! 
Start the grant application process to fund innovation projects at your school. Find out more. 


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The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of graduate theological schools. ATS Programs and Services offers educational events and resources to assist member schools with best practices, development of peer networks, production of research, and exploration of data. The Commission on Accrediting of ATS accredits the schools and approves the degree programs.