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Webinar series

Here’s a great opportunity for church leaders, church groups, Sunday School classes, and more! A webinar series you can attend online or on site in Lexington. Register online and get full details here:  http://www.lextheo.edu/webinars-workshops-for-church-leaders/

Financial Impact on Ministry Team Grows

Ainsle Financial Impact on Ministry Team GrowsLexington, Ky., Jan. 24, 2014 – Lexington Theological Seminary’s work to improve the economic well being of future pastors will include team member Deena Ainslie.

Ainslie, who previously worked as an assistant to President Charisse L. Gillett, will serve as project assistant, beginning in February. The program is funded by a $250,000 grant as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers.

Ainslie is a Murray State University alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. Additionally, she is experienced in the fields of business and finance. Prior to her recent relocation to Lexington, she worked with Union County Public Schools in Morganfield, Kentucky.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

LTS Tour of Turkey and Greece: Ephesus

House Room Fresco 2 1024x685 LTS Tour of Turkey and Greece: EphesusOur group is well into their tour of “Churches of the Revelation and the Footsteps of Paul” in Turkey and Greece. The latest post describes their journey to Ephesus.

Read more at:

http://lextheo.blogspot.com/

LTS Alumnus joins Seminary’s Lilly-Funded Financial Impact Project

Bentley1 LTS Alumnus joins Seminary’s Lilly Funded Financial Impact Project Lexington, Ky., Jan. 22, 2014 – The Rev. Kris Bentley joins Lexington Theological Seminary this week as project director for LTS’ part in the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers.

The Lilly Endowment awarded LTS $250,000 as part of an initiative to encourage theological schools to examine and strengthen their financial and educational practices to improve the economic well-being of future pastors. Personal financial pressures are severely limiting the ability of seminary graduates to accept calls to Christian ministry and undermining the effectiveness of too many pastoral leaders.

Bentley has an undergraduate degree from UK with a major in English (1979),  Master of Science Degree in Education from IU-Bloomington (1981) and a Master of Divinity from LTS (1996).  She has held administrative positions in higher education at Midway College and the University of Kentucky and currently also serves as the pastor of Newtown Christian Church, near Georgetown, Kentucky.

“LTS is fortunate to have the Rev. Bentley leading this project.  Her wisdom and the insights gained from her work in higher education and the local church make her the ideal person to give leadership to this important work,” said LTS President Charisse L. Gillett.

LTS will use its funding to address financial literacy of ministry students, improve institutional practices, and to fuel research on bi-vocational ministers.

For the purposes of this grant, LTS will partner with the Council of the Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Phillips Theological Seminary and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Seminary launches blog series on clergy health and well-being

Lexington, Ky., Jan. 21, 2014 – Clergy health and well-being are the focus of a new blog series launching this week via Lexington Theological Seminary’s Ministry Life Choices Initiative (MLCI).

LTS Advancement Associate Julie Richardson Brown is editing the series, with contributions from pastors and church leaders from a variety of denominations and seminaries.

Each segment of the series will focus on a particular area of concern for clergy, including physical, emotional, spiritual and financial well-being.

The MLCI will assist those in the first five years of ministry to develop habits and practices for sustainable ministry. The relationship will span the first few years of theological education and the introductory years as a congregational minister. The MLCI is a ministry of the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in partnership with Lexington Theological Seminary.

To follow the blog series, go to http://www.lextheo.edu/category/mlci_blog/. To learn more about MLCI, visit http://www.lextheo.edu/ministry-life-choices-initiative-2/.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu

Lexington Theological Seminary receives Lilly Grant

Lexington, Ky., Dec. 9, 2013 – LTS has received a $250,000 grant as part of Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. It is one of 67 theological schools across the country to receive this funding.

Personal financial pressures are severely limiting the ability of seminary graduates to accept calls to Christian ministry and undermining the effectiveness of too many pastoral leaders. To help address this issue, Lilly Endowment created the initiative to encourage theological schools to examine and strengthen their financial and educational practices to improve the economic well-being of future pastors.

All theological schools fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada were invited to submit grant proposals. LTS will use its funding to address financial literacy of ministry students, improve institutional practices, and to fuel research on bi-vocational ministers.

For the purposes of this grant, LTS will partner with the Council of the Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Phillips Theological Seminary and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky.

“The Seminary and these institutions have a mutual and targeted interest in exploring issues that permit the successful implementation of this project,” said the Rev. Gary Kidwell, LTS Board of Trustees chairman.

LTS President Charisse L. Gillett said that the Seminary is working to address the impact of financial challenges on ministry.

Prior to applying for this grant, the Seminary was already at work to understand and address these challenges by, among other things, requiring students to take a financial literacy course, enhancing mandatory counseling for all borrowers, targeted scholarship and tuition policies to those engaged in preparation for congregational ministry, and nurtured partnerships with the Pension Fund and The Center for Faith and Giving of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

“In light of these conversations and the Seminary’s efforts related to institutional and financial sustainability, we believe this grant is well-timed and ideal,“ Gillett said.

“Pastors are indispensable spiritual leaders and guides, and the quality of pastoral leadership is critical to the health and vitality of congregations,” said Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at the Endowment.

“Theological schools play a critical role in preparing pastors and are uniquely positioned to address some of the economic challenges they face,” Coble said. “The Endowment hopes that these grants will support broad efforts to improve the financial circumstances facing pastoral leaders so that pastors can serve their congregations more joyfully and effectively.”

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Alumna Joins Development Team at Lexington Theological Seminary

Brown Pic Alumna Joins Development Team at Lexington Theological SeminaryLexington, Ky., Nov. 22, 2013 – The Development team at Lexington Theological Seminary is growing with the addition of an alumna experienced in ministry and the mission and vision of the Seminary.

Julie Richardson Brown, who earned a Master of Divinity degree from LTS in 2002, is joining the LTS team as Advancement Associate and will be particularly focused on supporting the Ministerial Education Fund. She will also provide support to the Ministry Life Choices Initiative, the Seminary’s partnership with the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Richardson Brown recently served as a member of the LTS Board of Trustees. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Berry College, and served primarily in youth and young adult ministry for the first fifteen years of her ministry. She also has experience with nonprofit work and has recently completed an interim ministry in Louisville, as well as more than two years as Team Minister for Youth Ministry for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana. Julie is a writer and published author and has been the featured speaker for retreats and youth conferences in various Disciples regions. She is also a graduate of Leadership Louisville’s Bingham Fellows program.

Richardson Brown is married to David J. Brown, senior minister of First Christian Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  The couple has a young daughter, Madeleine. They live in Louisville, Ky., where both are active in their local communities.

Richardson Brown joins Mark Blankenship, Vice President for Advancement, and Kathy Rountree, Advancement Assistant/Database Manager, in the Office of Development.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

Alums, friends, past presidents bless campus

collage Alums, friends, past presidents bless campus

Highlights from the day. Photos by John Lynner Peterson (bottom left, center, and bottom right) and Beth Goins.

The Lexington Theological Seminary family gathered Friday, Nov. 15, to bless the 631 S. Limestone campus and prepare to embark on the next chapter in the Seminary’s story at Lexington Green Circle. The Seminary’s living past presidents joined President Charisse L. Gillett, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the Seminary in a service of blessing in the Sanders Chapel and gathered one last time in the fellowship hall for a reception and celebration of the ongoing ministry and mission of the Seminary. Updates about the transformation, as they are available, are available here: http://www.lextheo.edu/transformation/

Participants in the service included:

J. Gregory Alexander
General Minister, Christian Church in Kentucky

O. Wesley Allen Jr.
Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship

Emily Askew
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Wayne H. Bell
President, 1974-86; B. D. 1943

Kristen P. Bentley
President of Alumni Council;
M. Div. 1996

Mark V. Blankenship
Vice President for Advancement

Barbara J. Blodgett
Donald & Lillian Nunnelly Assistant Professor in Pastoral Leadership

R. Robert Cueni
President, 2002-08

Jan Ehrmantraut
Coordinator of Mentoring Program;
M. Div. 1983

Charisse L. Gillett
President

Richard G. Griffith
Vice Chair of Board of Trustees

Richard L. Harrison President 1993-2001

James P. Johnson
President, 2008-11; B. D. 1965

Shauna L. McGhee
M. Div. 2003

Jacquelin Parlato
Student Representative to Board of Trustees

William O. Paulsell
President 1987-92

Margaret Nutting Ralph
Director of Master of Pastoral Studies Program

Herbert D. Sledd
Interim President 1992-93

Jerry L. Sumney
Professor of Biblical Studies

Tom Teater
Seminary Accompanist

Harold Watkins
Interim President 2001-02, B. D. 1953

Richard D. Weis
Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dolores Yilibuw
Library Director

 

Moosnick lecture series continues

The Franklin B. Moosnick Lectureship in Judaic Studies continues Tuesday, Nov. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 13 with Professor Amy-Jill Levine, an engaging and informative speaker.  She is the University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Science in Nashville, Tennessee.

• TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | 7 p.m.
How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently
Transylvania University, Carrick Theater | 300 N. Broadway, Lexington

• WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | 7 p.m.
Hearing Jesus’ Parables as Jewish Stories
Temple Adath Israel | 124 N Ashland Ave., Lexington

The lectureship is co-sponsored by Lexington Theological Seminary, Ohavay Zion Synagogue, Temple Adath Israel, and Transylvania University.

LTS Student Named to Theological Students Council

DSC05346 LTS Student Named to Theological Students Council

Lexington Theological Seminary Master of Divinity student Michael Junkroski of Naples, Fla., has been named to the 2013-2014 Council of Theological Students of the Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ.

The purpose of  the Global Ministries Council of Theological Students (CTS) is to equip diverse groups of ministerial students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective ministers in a global community.

Members of the Council of Theological Students network with other UCC and Disciples students, and have the opportunity to learn of, engage in and interpret the work of Global Ministries.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ). Consistent with the Disciples’ historic
commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with
students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The
Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865.
For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.