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Choosing A Theology School: What To Look For

The Forum for Theological Exploration advocates for excellence and diversity in pastoral ministry and theological scholarship, and it supports the next generation of religious leadership through fellowships and support programs for gifted young people from all religious traditions. 

The Center for the Study of Theological Education, established in 1991 at Auburn Seminary, provides information and perspectives on theological education in North America by conducting surveys to track trends over time. Auburn research has resulted in a series of reports that address the following: 

• seminary leadership

• students and graduates

• faculty

• finance and student debt

• church, society and theological education

The Association of Theological Schools is a membership organization of more than 250 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic theology degree programs. Annual profiles of member schools provide details about the character and composition of theological schools and the trajectory of theological education in Canada and the United States.

The Association of Religion Data Archives collects, stores and makes it easy to access high-quality research data on American and international religion. Included are Church Membership Reports, Denominational Trees and Profiles, both of which can help flesh out an understanding of faith communities, their history and affiliations, and their current positions in American society.

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research provides insight into the current conditions of U.S. religious bodies, what has changed within denominational bodies over time, what primary concerns and work occupy national and regional judicatories, and what it is like to live and work within particular denominational structures.

Insights Into Religion offers additional articles and links on our Institutional Profiles and our Research on Seminaries pages. Prospective students will also benefit from reading our “Best Resources for Selecting a School of Religious Education.”

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