What then shall we do? Financial challenges in a time of institutional and educational change

Recorded On: 12/13/2018

Theological schools are experiencing unprecedented institutional and educational change and financial challenges. Boards and administrators must lead with conviction and resolve to ensure the missional viability and vitality of the institution. Chris Meinzer, senior director of administration and CFO for the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), will provide an environmental scan of theological education in North America, identify the most significant contributing factors that lead to financial stress in theological schools, and offer solutions for consideration by school leaders.

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.

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