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  • Social media and institutional conflict

    Recorded On: 05/12/2015

    Join presenter Jay Blossom, publisher of In Trust magazine, as he offers strategies for improving both “broadcast” and “social” communication. And learn from Rick Barger, president of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, as he shares how he has been strengthening alumni and church relations through social media, building his annual giving to new heights. You'll take away extensive resources that can help you to develop and implement a stronger social media presence -- and prepare you for conflicts and social media firestorms that can distract or even threaten to knock your school off course.

    Join presenter Jay Blossom, publisher of In Trust magazine, as he offers strategies for improving both “broadcast" and “social" communication. And learn from Rick Barger, president of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, as he shares how he has been strengthening alumni and church relations through social media, building his annual giving to new heights.

    You'll take away extensive resources that can help you to develop and implement a stronger social media presence -- and prepare you for conflicts and social media firestorms that can distract or even threaten to knock your school off course.

    Rick Barger

    President, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

    Rick Barger began his role of president of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 2013. A 1989 graduate of Trinity, he has served as a pastor to congregations in Georgia, Colorado, and Florida, and worked as a leader of a nonprofit, grass roots organization dedicated to eradicating poverty in Haiti.

    Dr. Barger earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He also holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in construction engineering and management. He entered seminary with 12 years of international executive experience, focused primarily in the Middle East.

    Jay Blossom

    Vice President of Publications and Editor, In Trust Magazine

    Jay Blossom joined In Trust's staff in 2005, having previously served as manager of corporate, foundation, and membership giving at Partners for Sacred Places, a nonprofit organization that supports historic houses of worship. He has also served on the editorial staffs of medical publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, the academic journal Church History and the William and Mary Alumni Association. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduate degrees at the College of William and Mary and Duke University, where he studied American religious and cultural history.

  • Understanding your role in fundraising

    Recorded On: 02/18/2015

    It takes a team -- board members, administrators, and faculty -- working together to raise funds in support of a vibrant theological school. But what should you know about fundraising, and what can you do to ensure your school's fundraising success? Join presenters Wendy Deichmann, president of United Theological Seminary, Greg Henson, president of Sioux Falls Seminary, and Rebekah Burch Basinger, consultant on fundraising and board education, as they describe what you can do to help improve the development process at your school.

    It takes a team -- board members, administrators, and faculty -- working together to raise funds in support of a vibrant theological school. But what should you know about fundraising, and what can you do to ensure your school's fundraising success? Join presenters Wendy Deichmann, Greg Henson, and Rebekah Basinger, as they describe what you can do to help improve the development process at your school.

    Wendy Deichmann

    President of United Theological Seminary

    Wendy Deichmann is president of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She is a member of the faculty, teaching and researching in the areas of the history of Christianity, American religious history, women in the history of Christianity, historical theology, and Wesleyan/United Methodist studies. In December 2014, Wendy presented on the topic of fundraising at the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) New Presidents' Seminar.

    Greg Henson

    President of Sioux Falls Seminary

    Greg Henson is president of Sioux Falls Seminary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Through consulting with ATS and in his former position as VP of institutional advancement at Northern Seminary, Greg developed a passion for raising money for the good of the church. Greg has written several articles for In Trust magazine on giving and generosity. His most recent, "Interpreting the Entering Student Questionnaire," appears in In Trust's New Year 2015 issue.

    Rebekah Burch Basinger

    Fundraising and Board Development Consultant

    Ms. Burch Basinger is an independent consultant for board development and fundraising who has worked closely with the Association of Boards in Theological Education for more than 25 years. Rebekah’s consulting practice has been enriched by her experiences on the boards of numerous organizations.

    A regular contributor to In Trust magazine, Rebekah has written numerous articles on fundraising and board life. In addition, she is the coauthor with Thomas Jeavons of Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry (Jossey-Bass, 2001) and is the lead author of "The President's Role in Institutional Advancement" in the ATS Handbook for Seminary Presidents.

    Rebekah received a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Illinois, an M.A. in English from Wichita State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Temple University. She blogs at www.generousmatters.com.

  • Critical components of online learning

    Recorded On: 12/02/2014

    How do you engage students via online learning? Are you exploring potential learning management systems? Interested in learning more about pedagogically sound online course design? If yes, join Roxanne Russell, online instructional designer at Candler School of Theology, as she explores the critical components of online learning and answers your questions. This webinar is applicable to participants in all stages of online learning program development and implementation.

    How do you engage students via online learning? Are you exploring potential learning management systems? Interested in learning more about pedagogically sound online course design? If yes, join Roxanne Russell, online instructional designer at Candler School of Theology, as she explores the critical components of online learning and answers your questions. This webinar is applicable to participants in all stages of online learning program development and implementation.

    Roxanne Russell

    Teacher & Instructional Designer

    Roxanne Russell is a teacher and instructional designer with over nineteen years of university-level teaching experience and ten years of professional experience with designing, developing, integrating, and evaluating online learning environments in a global context. She now brings her teaching, instructional design, and web development background to helping Emory University's Candler School of Theology navigate the complexities of technology integration for learning as they launch an online Doctor of Ministry program. She also offers consulting for online learning challenges through www.fulltiltahead.com.

    Roxanne received her M.A. in English from Auburn University and Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Design from Georgia State University. Her groundbreaking work on the cultural dynamics of the instructional design process is cited in the 2014 edition of the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology.

  • Dashboards: What’s on yours?

    Recorded On: 05/01/2014

    Do you have a dashboard? Use it well! Dashboards, strategic indicators, benchmarks, and scorecards are important ingredients of your institution's health. Be sure you know their value and how to get the most out of them! The In Trust Center is pleased to present this webinar in collaboration with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education. Presenters Robert Landrebe, Chris Meinzer, and Anthony Ruger discuss how to develop an ideal dashboard for your institution. What should a good dashboard include? Who determines what is included? How often should it be viewed? And who is the target audience?

    Do you have a dashboard? Use it well! Dashboards, strategic indicators, benchmarks, and scorecards are important ingredients of your institution's health. Be sure you know their value and how to get the most out of them!



    The In Trust Center is pleased to present this webinar in collaboration with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education. Presenters Robert Landrebe, Chris Meinzer, and Anthony Ruger will discuss how to develop an ideal dashboard for your institution. What should a good dashboard include? Who determines what is included? How often should it be viewed? And who is the target audience?

    Robert S. Landrebe

    Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

    Robert S. Landrebe is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Asbury Theological Seminary, a multidenominational school serving 1,400 students on two campuses. About 30 years of his overall professional experience have been devoted to working with nonprofit organizations in financial planning and management. Landrebe has served a variety of college and seminary clients in consulting engagements designed to improve their financial vitality, develop sustainable economic models, and assist in strategic planning. He has been a conference speaker to chief financial officers and new presidents at annual meetings sponsored by the Association of Theological Schools.

    Landrebe has served on the National Association of Evangelicals board of administration and recently completed two terms of service as the treasurer and member of the board of directors for World Relief. His M.B.A. is from DePaul University in Chicago.

    Chris A. Meinzer

    Senior Director of Administration and CFO, Association of Theological Schools

    Mr. Meinzer is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds an accounting degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a master of divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

    Since joining the Association of Theological School’s staff in 1999, he has provided oversight of the ATS financial affairs as well as the ATS institutional database—a repository of institutional, enrollment, personnel, financial, and development data provided by ATS members. Meinzer has revised the ATS Strategic Information Report, a useful strategic tool that provides ATS member schools with peer and industry data on a variety of market fundamentals. He has done extensive analysis and research of this data and presented his findings in a variety of settings to administrators and boards of theological schools. In addition, he has provided counsel to ATS member schools on issues of finances, organizational planning, and strategic thinking. Through discussions with theological schools and their leadership, Meinzer has encouraged reflection on intergenerational stewardship and its impact on both academics and economics within these schools.

    Anthony Ruger

    Interim Codirector and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Theological Education

    Anthony T. Ruger is interim codirector and senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York. He has served as principal researcher on studies of theological school revenue and national studies of educational indebtedness of theological students. He was also one of the principal developers of a strategic financial information service for theological schools.

    Ruger has served as a consultant to theological schools, denominations, and church institutions on financial strategy, institutional analysis, and policy. Previously he was vice president for business affairs of McCormick Theological Seminary and treasurer of the Association of Theological Schools. Ruger holds a degree in business from Carnegie Mellon University and a degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

  • Shared governance: Road block or fast track?

    Recorded On: 02/18/2014

    Rebekah Basinger and Paul Dovre explore the topic of shared governance. Good communication and group participation sound good, but can shared governance get in the way? How can true shared governance be an asset in times of rapid change? How does it work when a quick decision is needed? Who is getting it right and how it can work better at your school?

    Join presenters Rebekah Basinger and Paul Dovre as they explore the topic of shared governance. Good communication and group participation sound good, but can shared governance get in the way? How can true shared governance be an asset in times of rapid change? How does it work when a quick decision is needed? We will explore who is getting it right and how it can work better at your school.

    Rebekah Burch Basinger

    Fundraising and Board Development Consultant

    Ms. Burch Basinger is an independent consultant for board development and fundraising who has worked closely with the Association of Boards in Theological Education for more than 25 years. Rebekah’s consulting practice has been enriched by her experiences on the boards of numerous organizations.

    A regular contributor to In Trust magazine, Rebekah has written numerous articles on fundraising and board life. In addition, she is the coauthor with Thomas Jeavons of Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry (Jossey-Bass, 2001) and is the lead author of "The President's Role in Institutional Advancement" in the ATS Handbook for Seminary Presidents.

    Rebekah received a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Illinois, an M.A. in English from Wichita State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Temple University. She blogs at www.generousmatters.com.

    Dr. Paul J. Dovre

    In Trust Governance Mentor

    Dr. Paul Dovre joined the communications faculty of Concordia College in 1963 and later served as dean and academic vice president before being named president in 1975. During his 24-year presidency, Dovre was named one of the 100 top chief executive officers in higher education. From 2002 to 2012 he served as a member of the Board of Directors of Luther Seminary.

    An active layperson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Dovre co-chaired the ELCA Task Force on Education from 2003 to 2007 and is currently a member of the boards of Oak Grove Lutheran Schools and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota.

    Dovre earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. He is co-director of the Thrivent Leadership Program and is interim director of the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work at Concordia.

  • Pathways to seminary

    Recorded On: 12/03/2013

    Barbara Wheeler and Anthony Ruger discuss their research on seminary enrollment and the paths students take to seminary. They focus on factors associated with enrollment decline and on the findings of Auburn Center research about how good students make the decision to attend a theological school. Commentary by Daniel Aleshire of the Association of Theological Schools.

    Pathways to seminary - What does the research show?

    Barbara Wheeler and Anthony Ruger will discuss their research on seminary enrollment and the paths students take to seminary. The webinar will focus on factors associated with enrollment decline and on the findings of Auburn Center research about how good students make the decision to attend a theological school. Commentary by Daniel Aleshire of the Association of Theological Schools.

    Barbara Wheeler

    Former Director, Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education

    Barbara G. Wheeler is the former director of Auburn's Center for the Study of Theological Education, which she founded in 1991 while serving as Auburn's president—a post that she held for thirty years. She served as director of the Women's Theological Coalition of the Boston Theological Institute from 1976 to 1978. She is currently conducting research on theological school students, governance, and finance under the auspices of The Association of Theological Schools. She is principal author of numerous research reports, most recently "Leadership That Works," on seminary presidents and senior administrators (www.auburnsem.org/cste ), and she has contributed to and edited a dozen volumes on the future of mainline Protestantism, congregational studies, and theological education. She is the coauthor of Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Schools (Oxford Press). Wheeler is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and an ordained elder in the United Church of Granville, New York.

    Anthony Ruger

    Interim Codirector and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Theological Education

    Anthony T. Ruger is interim codirector and senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York. He has served as principal researcher on studies of theological school revenue and national studies of educational indebtedness of theological students. He was also one of the principal developers of a strategic financial information service for theological schools.

    Ruger has served as a consultant to theological schools, denominations, and church institutions on financial strategy, institutional analysis, and policy. Previously he was vice president for business affairs of McCormick Theological Seminary and treasurer of the Association of Theological Schools. Ruger holds a degree in business from Carnegie Mellon University and a degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

    Daniel Aleshire

    Executive Director

    Daniel O. Aleshire was elected executive director of ATS in 1998 and oversees the work of both the Association and the Commission on Accrediting. He first joined the staff in 1990 as an associate director for accreditation and was named associate executive director in 1996. During his twenty-two years with ATS, he has overseen two major revisions to the accrediting standards, one in 1992-1996 and the most recent one in 2008-2012.

    Outside ATS, he has held positions of leadership in organizations related to accreditation, including the Commission on Postsecondary Accreditation, the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation's task force to develop criteria for the non-governmental recognition of accrediting agencies.

    An ordained minister, Aleshire holds a BS degree from Belmont College, the MDiv degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and an MA degree and PhD in psychology from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee. He served on the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1978 to 1990 and, before that, as a research scientist at Search Institute in Minneapolis, where he worked on projects related to theological education, church-related higher education, and youth service agencies.

    A frequent speaker, Aleshire has also written extensively on issues of ministry and theological education. He served as a co-author of Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Seminaries, which received the 1998 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is also the author of Earthen Vessels: Hopeful Reflections on the Work and Future of Theological Schools, released in 2008.

  • The President and Board Chair Relationship

    Recorded On: 02/12/2013

    Rebekah Birch Basinger and Dr. Paul J. Dovre discuss the importance of the president and board chair relationship. What are the characteristics of a thriving relationship? What is a model for building and sustaining effective communication between the president and board chair? What are the contours of their shared work and the boundaries that should be respected? Is there a template agenda to which the president and board chair should attend? These questions and more will be answered during this one hour webinar.

    Join the presenters as they discuss the importance of the president and board chair relationship. What are the characteristics of a thriving relationship? What is a model for building and sustaining effective communication between the president and board chair? What are the contours of their shared work and the boundaries that should be respected? Is there a template agenda to which the president and board chair should attend? These questions and more will be answered during this one hour webinar.

    Rebekah Burch Basinger

    Fundraising and Board Development Consultant

    Ms. Burch Basinger is an independent consultant for board development and fundraising who has worked closely with the Association of Boards in Theological Education for more than 25 years. Rebekah’s consulting practice has been enriched by her experiences on the boards of numerous organizations.

    A regular contributor to In Trust magazine, Rebekah has written numerous articles on fundraising and board life. In addition, she is the coauthor with Thomas Jeavons of Growing Givers' Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry (Jossey-Bass, 2001) and is the lead author of "The President's Role in Institutional Advancement" in the ATS Handbook for Seminary Presidents.

    Rebekah received a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Illinois, an M.A. in English from Wichita State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Temple University. She blogs at www.generousmatters.com.

    Dr. Paul J. Dovre

    In Trust Governance Mentor

    Dr. Paul Dovre joined the communications faculty of Concordia College in 1963 and later served as dean and academic vice president before being named president in 1975. During his 24-year presidency, Dovre was named one of the 100 top chief executive officers in higher education. From 2002 to 2012 he served as a member of the Board of Directors of Luther Seminary.

    An active layperson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Dovre co-chaired the ELCA Task Force on Education from 2003 to 2007 and is currently a member of the boards of Oak Grove Lutheran Schools and Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota.

    Dovre earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. He is co-director of the Thrivent Leadership Program and is interim director of the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work at Concordia.

  • Transition Planning

    Recorded On: 11/14/2012

    How can your school be prepared for anticipated or emergency transition in the president's office? How can the succession of board leadership and administrative officers be synchronized to maintain the school during transitions? How can a leadership succession become an opportunity to take the mission of your school to new levels of effectiveness? How can outgoing leaders serve the school's mission and renew their own vitality when the mantle of leadership has been passed? Join In Trust Governance Mentors George Brushaber and David Tiede as they explore the essentials of a good transition plan focusing on the inclusion of all key stakeholders, the basics of the search and selection process, and enhancing the inaugural year of new leadership.

    Transitions are unavoidable. In this recording we explored the essentials of a good transition plan. This webinar will help you and your board explore the following questions confidentially:

    • Presidential transition. How can your school be prepared for anticipated or emergency transition in the president's office?
    • Other leadership transitions. How can the succession of board leadership and administrative officers be synchronized to maintain the school during transitions?
    • Mission effectiveness. How can a leadership succession become an opportunity to take the mission of your school to new levels of effectiveness?
    • Finishing well. How can outgoing leaders serve the school's mission and renew their own vitality when the mantle of leadership has been passed?
    Join In Trust Governance Mentors George Brushaber and David Tiede as they explore the essentials of a good transition plan focusing on the inclusion of all key stakeholders, the basics of the search and selection process, and enhancing the inaugural year of new leadership.

    Dr. George K. Brushaber

    President Emeritus, Bethel University

    George K. Brushaber was president of Bethel University for 27 years. During this time, the enrollment in the college and graduate school increased to more than 5,500 students and its graduate school of ministry, Bethel Seminary, was among the 10 largest institutions in the Association of Theological Schools. Before being called to Bethel, Brushaber held academic and administrative posts at Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was chief academic officer at Westmont College.

    Brushaber chaired the Minnesota Private College Council and the Consortium of Minnesota Theological Seminaries. He maintains a diverse consulting practice with schools, churches, and denominations.

    Brushaber has had a dual career in religious publishing. He was founding editor of the Christian Scholars' Review, now in its 43rd year of publication, and he served for more than a decade as the executive editor and chair of the editorial committee of Christianity Today magazine.

    Brushaber holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University, and he is an ordained minister of the Baptist General Conference. He and Darleen, his wife of 50 years, have two adult children and five grandchildren.

    The Rev. Dr. David L. Tiede

    President Emeritus, Luther Seminary

    The Rev. David Tiede served Luther Seminary for 35 years as professor of New Testament, including 18 years as president of the school. In 2002 Tiede received the "Executive of the Year" award from the Association of Lutheran Development Executives. From 2005 to 2010, he held the Bernard M. Christensen Chair for Religion and Vocation at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. In 2010, he received the ATS Distinguished Service Award and served as the interim president of Wartburg Seminary.

    An ordained pastor, he is past president of the Association of Theological Schools and a consultant for Auburn Seminary's research project, "Leadership That Works." He is the lead author of "The President's Role in Defining Mission and Strategic Planning" in the ATS Handbook for Seminary Presidents.

    Tiede holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and continues to publish and teach on the historical and theological interpretation of the New Testament and Christian origins.

    He and his wife, Martha, are blessed with two married children and eight grandchildren.