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Partnerships (ECFFM)

Theological schools participating in the ECFFM initiative are partnering with one another and with a variety of organizations in an effort to best address the economic challenges facing future ministers. Below are the academic, congregational, and denominational partnerships that were cited in the first annual reports to Lilly from the 16 schools in the pilot project submitted in early 2014 as well as those cited in one-page summaries submitted to ATS in April 2014.

Please also see the following:

Financial Issues Research for research consultants and resource organizations

Student Debt Strategies for various online and organizational resources focusing on student debt

Financial Literacy Programs for organizations specializing in financial planning and financial literacy training


Academic partnerships

Strategic conversations with educational councils around student debt

Andover Newton Theological Seminary and the Council of Theological Education of New England

Asbury Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Collaboration between theological schools to share resources and data

Asbury Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Sioux Falls Seminary (conversations around student debt, financial models, and scholarships based on partnerships)

Lexington Theological Seminary and Phillips Theological Seminary

Northern Seminary and Sioux Falls Seminary

Creative sharing of resources with larger institutions

North Park Theological Seminary and the North Park University School of Business and Nonprofit Management

Payne Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University

Partnerships with undergraduate programs

Asbury Theological Seminary

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Northern Seminary and Indiana Wesleyan University


Congregational partnerships

Developing teaching churches with hybrid and extension courses

Andover Newton Theological Seminary with Hancock Church and other local congregations

Asbury Theological Seminary with Christ United Methodist in Memphis, TN

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University working with the Center for Teaching Churches

Consulting with pastors from local dioceses and congregations

Calvin Theological Seminary

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary

Regent University School of Divinity

St. John’s University School of Theology/Seminary

Union Presbyterian Seminary

Working to develop and strengthen paid internships

Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Denver Seminary

Consulting with large churches

Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

Organizing a ministry fair with local ministries

Catholic Theological Union


Denominational partnerships

With denominational officials

James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia

Nazarene Theological Seminary and the Nazarene Church

New Brunswick Theological Seminary and the Reformed Churches of America 

Payne Theological Seminary and the American Methodist Episcopal Church

St. John’s University School of Theology and Seminary with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University and the Baptist State Convention

With boards of pension and CFOs

Andover Newton Theological School and the United Church of Christ (Stewardship, Pensions)

Boston University and United Methodist General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits

Candler School of Theology of Emory University and the CFO of the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Central Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board

North Park Theological Seminary with The Evangelical Covenant Church, Covenant Ministries of Benevolence, Covenant Trust Company, and National Covenant Properties

Union Presbyterian Seminary with Presbyterian Church (USA) Board of Pensions and Local Presbytery Personnel

Wesley Theological Seminary with United Methodist General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, Local Judicatory leadership, and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley

With departments of ministry, vocation, or placement

Concordia Seminary and the Antioch Project, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and Diocesan Vocation Directors

With departments related to higher education

Lexington Theological Seminary with Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Christian Church in Kentucky

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with the Louisiana Baptist Convention and the Baptist Collegiate Network

With departments related to charity and missions

Catholic Theological Union with Catholic Extension Society and National Catholic Charities


Watch for additional models for collaborating and maximizing resources.