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Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers

Lilly Endowment Inc., one of the world’s largest philanthropic foundations, has awarded a grant to ATS to facilitate a coordination project in conjunction with the Endowment’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers. The initiative itself will address the need for schools to do research into financial issues facing students, develop new strategies to decrease financial burdens on students who attend theological schools, create and strengthen educational programs in financial literacy to prepare future pastoral leaders, and help schools use partnerships to address these issues. The ATS coordination project will enhance the effectiveness of each grant project by providing additional expertise, facilitating peer learning, and capturing and disseminating what is learned by each of the participating schools.

Leaders from the sixteen ATS member schools that received grants in 2012 gathered in Pittsburgh in October 2013, to share information about their programs and to hear from one another what is being learned. Fifty-one additional member schools received grants in 2013 and joined the original sixteen in a gathering in April 2014.

Grant recipients include:

  • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Anderson University School of Theology, Anderson, Indiana
  • Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts
  • Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky
  • Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio
  • Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas
  • Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Indiana
  • Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Candler School of Theology of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois
  • Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kansas
  • Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
  • Denver Seminary, Littleton, Colorado
  • Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina
  • Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, Indiana
  • Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    Comprising three seminaries:
    •    Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    •    Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    •    Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
  • George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts
  • Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, DC
  • Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado
  • James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University, Macon, Georgia
  • Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Illinois
  • Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri
  • New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New York Theological Seminary, New York, New York
  • North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
  • Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Illinois
  • Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas
  • Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Perkins School of Theology Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
  • Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • St. John’s University School of Theology Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota
  • Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia
  • Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle, Washington
  • Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas
  • Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Talbot School of Theology of Biola University, La Mirada, California
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois
  • Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia
  • United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio
  • United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minnesota
  • University of the South School of Theology, Sewanee, Tennessee
  • Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC
  • Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan
  • Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay, Ohio
  • Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut