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W e believe that institutions beyond local congregations are essential to their vitality and the success of their ministries. These institutions and the networks to which they belong are addressing important issues facing Christianity.

How can theological schools, colleges and universities and judicatories help strengthen pastors and prepare a new generation of Christian leaders? How can these organizations collaborate more effectively with each other and with congregations to enhance and sustain the mission of Christian churches and parishes? How can various Christian institutions address the economic challenges facing seminarians, pastors and congregations?

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The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) plays a critical role in providing leadership education and support to theological schools through programs that enhance the skills and broaden the knowledge of faculty, deans, presidents and other administrators. LEARN MORE

Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) is a leadership incubator that provides a forum through which gifted, purposeful students and young adults explore their calling to make a difference in the world through Christian communities. FTE promotes resources, events, networks, grants and fellowships to cultivate a new generation of pastors and theological educators. LEARN MORE

Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) is committed to increasing the presence of Latino/a PhD candidates for leadership in higher education, the church and the world. Its Hispanic Doctoral Fellowship Program provides financial support to students during one of the most critical phases of their doctoral studies. HTI is the only mentoring and support program in the United States for Latino/a students who are pursuing doctoral degrees in theological disciplines. LEARN MORE

Initiative to Strengthen Fundraising in Historic Black Theological Schools supports historic black theological schools in their work aimed at sharpening fundraising strategies and building development capacities tailored to their own theological tradition, context, location, congregational constituency and size. Recognizing the relationship between institutional advancement and overall leadership and governance, many schools also engage in board development activities to strengthen their governance structures and practices.

In Trust Center for Theological Schools helps leaders at seminaries and other theological schools connect with essential resources that can strengthen the vitality of their institutional missions. In Trust helps schools focus on the improvements they can make to enhance the quality of theological education for ministry through conferences and webinars, resource consulting and online resource guides. LEARN MORE

Leadership Education at Duke Divinity (LE@DD) seeks to strengthen the capacities for excellence in leadership and management of Christian institutions (especially seminaries, denominational judicatories and agencies, and key independent religious organizations) that play pivotal roles in supporting and enabling U.S. congregations and pastors to flourish in their ministries. Through a cluster of programs, LE@DD provides educational services and intellectual resources and facilitates networks of institutions that cultivate a coherent vision of Christian institutional leadership. Learn More

Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts is based at Valparaiso University and seeks to strengthen the quality and religious character of church-related institutions of higher learning in the 21st century. Through the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program, talented younger scholars of religion are identified, mentored and supported in the early stages of graduate studies as they prepare to become the next generation. LEARN MORE

Louisville Institute is based at Louisville Seminary and is dedicated to supporting those who lead and study North American religious institutions. The fundamental mission of the Institute is to enrich the religious life of North American Christians. Through a variety of programs for pastors and religious scholars, the Institute provides grants for study and research. LEARN MORE

Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), is a nationwide network of more than 220 private colleges and universities formed to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. It seeks to expand collaboration among the schools to strengthen programs for students, faculty, staff and administrators. NetVUE is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges. LEARN MORE

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion is based at Wabash College and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of teaching theology and religion in higher education. Activities include conferences, workshops, grants, consultants and the peer-reviewed journal Teaching Theology & Religion, among other resources. Learn More