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On Teaching and Learning in the Seminary

Contemporary seminaries face diversity, formation, institutional identity, and assessment issues that were not present prior to the 1960s. In the face of these challenges, seminaries can productively claim a sense... read more >


Teaching Christians to Be Leaders in the World

When he was president of Duke Divinity School, Greg Jones created an initiative to reach, equip and provide ongoing resources for current and future institutional leaders in the church. In... read more >


A Conversation with Christian Smith on Youth

The National Study of Youth and Religion revealed that teens are more like their parents than popular media and common stereotypes suggest. What parents do matters to their teens; what... read more >


Training clergy the right way

Clergy preparation has fragmented into four independent disciplines: Bible, Church History, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology (the duties of ordained ministry). With this educational fragmentation, pastoral ministry has become identified... read more >


The State of U.S. Theological Education

Seminary students reflect the general public interest in exploring pluralism. This results in a desire for programs and degrees that do not lead to religion careers. Seminaries are taking steps... read more >


Question Bank for Congregational Surveys

This web page on the website of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers a compilation of questions used by professional surveyors to gather information from congregations. Questions cover both... read more >


A Look at the Health of Theological Education

A Look At The Health Of Theological Education  Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Faculty members at theological schools are highly satisfied with their jobs. They are bidding higher for a select group of students. But those students are incurring far more educational debt than in the past. Those are among the conclusions of three studies. The studies, which were completed before the economic downturn,  update conclusions drawn 10 years ago on the subjects of theological faculty, seminary financing and student debt. They contain much good news and much that will require further conversation and closer study.


Christian education programs vital to congregational health

Christian education programs vital to congregational health Insights into Religion Lilly Foundation

Some churches are seeing a consumer mentality when it comes to religious education. The trend highlights the importance of preparing Christian educators for the future.


Economic Woes May Lead To Seminary Consolidation

Economic Woes May Lead To Seminary Consolidation Church Building Gravestones Grave Yard Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

A contracting national economy may lead to a contracting of theological schools, too.





Holy Week Inspiration

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Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

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Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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