The ATS Technology in Theological Education Group (TTEG) will host this free webinar. Changing Learning Management Systems (LMS) at an educational institution is difficult and daunting work, but one we all must eventually face. We know it is unwise to approach the change of such a large and vital platform without serious research and conversation ahead of time, but what are the issues an institution must wrestle with when considering an LMS change? What are the potential barriers and landmines to consider? During this webinar, presenters will share what they have learned during their recent evaluations of LMS systems in their considerations for a change. Q & A will follow the presentation. Click the "Other" tab for login information.
By invitation; The focus of this concluding meeting will be the experience and results of the schools’ efforts during the year. School teams will be divided into groups according to the issues they addressed, and teams will report the results and experiences of their work to the other teams in their groups. Consultants will be present during the group reporting sessions and will present conclusions and reflections based on the group presentations. While the meeting will also include some presentations about governance, it will focus primarily on the learning of the school teams and how that learning advances the Association's understanding of governance. The findings and learning about governance structures and practices will be the basis for a future issue of the ATS journal, Theological Education.
By invitation; Offered by the staff of the ATS Commission on Accrediting, this workshop is for ATS member schools with evaluation visits scheduled in the fall 2019 semester. It provides contexts and opportunities for participants to engage with one another and with the staff to obtain experience and tools for constructing appropriate, adequate, and effective institutional self-studies in preparation for comprehensive and initial evaluation visits. Registration is free of charge, but schools will be responsible for payment of travel and housing expenses for their representatives.
By invitation; This will be the third major forum for schools participating in Lilly Endowment’s “Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers” Initiative. Through plenaries and breakout sessions, this forum is designed to equip and support participants as they create sustainable practices to address these challenges. Topics will include recent research on the work of the initiative; theological, spiritual, and cultural perspectives on finances; and shared learning among participants regarding effective practices. A preconference will be held for those teaching for-credit courses related to the grant. This will be an opportunity for faculty to discuss how their respective disciplines and traditions address topics related to the economic challenges facing future ministers with a particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary approaches with business faculty and practitioners.
By registration; limited to the first 110 participants from ATS member schools. Plenaries and workshops will provide tools to enhance the financial officer’s skills. Preconference workshops will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by the welcome, gathering prayer, and opening plenary at 3 p.m. The conference will conclude at 11 a.m. on Friday. Peer learning is strongly encouraged—attend both as a learner and someone who can share a success story with others. The theme of this year's conference will be ATS at 100—Stewarding a Resilient Hope.
By registration; The 36th annual conference will offer workshops on topics related to annual giving, planned gifts, personnel management, internal and external collaboration, and communications, with opportunities for professional development and peer interaction in a distinctly theological context. Preconference workshops will begin on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., a welcome for first-time attendees will start at 5 p.m., and a reception for all will be at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The conference will conclude on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. This year's theme will be ATS at 100—Take Charge of Your Future.