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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 Pittsburgh for a gathering in April 2014.

As part of its project to coordinate the work of schools receiving grants, ATS will provide several small supplemental grants (up to $5,000) to schools. These grants will enable additional activities or meetings that were not included in the schools’ original project proposals. Applications may be submitted at any time during the duration of the initiative.