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Rev. Dr. Barbara Blodgett to be installed

b.blodgett.2.080137 sm Rev. Dr. Barbara Blodgett to be installedThe Rev. Dr. Barbara J. Blodgett will be installed Saturday, Jan. 19, as the Donald and Lillian Nunnelly Assistant Professor of Pastoral Leadership.

The service begins at noon in the Sanders Chapel on campus.  Those attending are welcome to stay for lunch in Fellowship Hall afterwards.

Faculty, staff, trustees, and retired faculty and staff should arrive early so that they may join the academic procession.

Dr. Blodgett will deliver an installation address titled “On Not Going It Alone: Building Community in the Congregations of the Future.”

Dr. Blodgett joined the Seminary faculty in 2012. A Ph.D. graduate of Yale University, Department of Religious Studies, Ethics Program, Dr. Blodgett was most recently a lecturer in the SAGES Program at Case Western University. Dr. Blodgett also served as director of supervised ministries at Yale Divinity School, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. Dr. Blodgett recently served as minister for vocation and formation in the national setting of the United Church of Christ and served as associate pastor at First Congregational Church (UCC) in Amherst, Mass.  Her teaching experience also includes roles at Yale University Graduate School, Mount Holyoke College and Yale College. Dr. Blodgett is a respected author of three books and numerous publications on the subjects of pastoral ethics, worship practices, field education and other areas pertinent to ministry.

The Donald and Lillian Nunnelly Chair in the Practice of Ministry was established in 2003 with a $1.2 million anonymous gift in honor of the Nunnellys, LTS graduates who have served in various leadership roles on the regional and general levels in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

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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, Center for Faith & Giving Offer Program

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Lexington, Ky., Jan. 9, 2013 – Lexington Theological Seminary and the Center for Faith and Giving are partnering to offer a certification program that advances a comprehensive understanding of stewardship for those preparing for ministry as well as those who serve congregations in the areas of stewardship, personal/congregational finance and best practices for organizations and congregations.

“It’s not just about money,” said Bruce Barkhauer, Minister for Faith and Giving for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “The vision of the Center for Faith and Giving is to create a culture of generosity across the life of the church.  To that end, our mission is to educate, equip, encourage and inspire leaders to teach and preach stewardship as a spiritual discipline that encompasses the entirety of life.  The care for the earth, the care for self, the observance of the Sabbath, the care for the Gospel and the faithful management of our resources comprise a comprehensive understanding of stewardship.”

“Our goal is to enable those seeking substantive continuing education to grow and mature in their ministry,” said LTS President Dr. Charisse L. Gillett.  “We look forward to working with the Center in this regard.”

The partnership with LTS enables the Center and the Seminary to deliver relevant and transformative learning experiences that can influence attitudes and practices about generosity, preparing them for resource mission and ministry and to enhance the lifestyle of individuals and communities.

Completion of the series of three classes – all taught online – qualifies a student to be certified by the Center for Faith and Giving as a part of its teaching Academy to serve as a resource for the church.  It may also meet specific requirements for some Regional bodies of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for those seeking ordination via the apprentice track for ordination.

The first class, which is a prerequisite to the other two courses, focuses on Biblical and Theological understandings of stewardship to create a foundation for understanding the nature of God’s abundance as cultural norm.  This perspective enables individuals and organizations to move from the fear of scarcity to the freedom of faith.  The holistic understanding of stewardship allows us to move the conversation away from stewardship being solely about money.

Registration is open through Jan. 28, and classes begin Feb. 4 via the online learning community of LTS. Class size is limited to 15 people. Register online at http://www.lextheo.edu/ministry-life-choices-initiative-2/ . The cost is $99, plus the cost of books.  The active class time lasts for four weeks, with two additional weeks to complete a final project that will demonstrate that the student has mastered the material presented. The course is open to both clergy and laity.  This course is taught by Rev. Bruce Barkhauer, Director of the Center for Faith and Giving, Rev. Dr. Richard Lowery, and Rev. Dr. Ronald Allen – all of whom appear via video lecture.

The second and third courses in the series will focus on congregational best practices, and personal and congregational finance.

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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.

The Center for Faith and Giving exists to create a culture of generosity across the life of the whole church. Our Mission is to encourage and promote the understanding of stewardship as a faith discipline and life practice in response to a generous God. www.centerforfaithandgiving.org

 

Seminary in action

Looking back at 2012: Our students talk about the impact LTS is making in their ministries.

Seminary Saturdays

Role of Theological Schools in Sustaining Ministry

Lexington, Ky., Sept. 27, 2012 – Seminaries can play an important role in ministry and sustaining ministers long after graduation.

A conference of the Council on Theological Schools (CTS) focused on the role of such schools in the identification, recruitment and nurture of students to help ensure successful ministry for the long term.  Lexington Theological Seminary President Dr. Charisse L. Gillett and the Rev. Richard Spleth, Regional Minister of the Christian Church in Indiana, coordinated the conference Sept. 13-15 in Indianapolis.

“Our purpose was to begin a substantive dialogue within the Council on what changes, if any, are needed in seminary education to prepare students for effective leadership and ministry in a 21st century church context,” Dr. Gillett said.

“I am encouraged by the willingness of participants to consider changes in seminary curricula and experiential opportunities that may be needed to better train, equip and nurture future generations of pastoral leaders. Success will require perseverance and creativity,” said Jim Hamlett, President of the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

“We recognized that this is a whole church challenge,” said Spleth. “This will require congregations and regions to work with the seminaries to both identify good candidates for ministry and, most importantly, provide a network of nurture in the first five years of ministry following ordination.”

Keynote speakers were Daniel O. Aleshire, Executive Director of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada; Matthew Bloom, Associate Professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business and lead researcher in a Lilly Endowment-funded Flourishing in Ministry Project on the well-being of clergy and clergy families; and Christopher Coble, Program Director in the Religion Division of the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Participants included faculty, deans and presidents from Brite Divinity School, Christian Theological Seminary, Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago, Disciples Seminary Foundation, Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt University, Lexington Theological Seminary, Phillips Theological Seminary, and representatives from Higher Education Leadership Ministries, and the College of Regional Ministers.

“We are grateful for the leadership of HELM in its work with the Council and for the support and vision of the Pension Fund in hosting this gathering,” said Dr. Gillett.

The conference planning team included LTS Mentor Program Coordinator Jan Ehrmantraut, T. Eugene Fisher of the Pension Fund, Dennis Landon of Higher Education Leadership Ministries, Gillett, Hamlett and Spleth.

 

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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.

The Flourishing in Ministry Project focuses on well-being among clergy and their families by studying the characteristics and influences of pastoral well-being over a lifetime. Data for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was gathered in partnership with the Pension Fund of the Christian Church and the Ministry Life Choices Initiative at Lexington Theological Seminary and the Christian Church in Indiana.

The Pension Fund serves the church by supporting ministers, missionaries and lay employees of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and related Campbell-Stone traditions. For over 100 years, first as the Board of Ministerial Relief and then as the administrator of the Pension Plan, it has sought to support the church and its ministry.

 

 

Lay School of Theology focuses on Paul

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Lexington, Ky., Sept. 5, 2012 – Paul was a controversial person in his day, and he remains one in ours – though for opposite reasons. Then, he was the progressive; today he is often viewed as a hard-nosed chauvinist.

The fall Lay School of Theology at Lexington Theological Seminary will take a fresh look at Paul’s career and how better to understand his writings. The Lay School of Theology is a continuing education program primarily for those who wish to enrich their Christian faith.

“We will examine what he has to say about women leaders in the church, about the end times, and about salvation (the faith and works question),” said Dr. Jerry Sumney, Professor of Biblical Studies at LTS.

The Lay School of Theology will be offered Oct. 13, 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, beginning with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at noon. The $60 registration fee is due Oct. 6. Participants may register online at www.lextheo.edu/2012/08/the-infamous-apostle-paul-fall-2012-lay-school-of-theology/ or call Rev. Bill Turner at (859) 280-1253.

“In Paul, we will find a teacher deeply engaged with the problems his churches faced, how the gospel can be lived out in new situations, and how to answer some of the questions raised by the tension between church and culture,” Sumney said.

Dr. Sumney has written six books and over 30 articles for journals and other collections. He currently serves as chair for the Pauline Epistles and Literature Section of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is also a contributor to the highly-regarded New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible.

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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.

The (in)Famous Apostle Paul – Fall 2012 Lay School of Theology

When:
Oct. 13, 20 and 27 and Nov. 3
8:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast
9 a.m.: Class

Location:
Lexington Theological Seminary
631 S. Limestone Street, across from the
University of Kentucky College of Law

Registration Fee: $60

Registration Deadline: $60, due Oct. 6
Contact Information:
Bill Turner, (859) 280-1253
bturner@lextheo.edu

Paul was a controversial person in his day, and he remains one in ours – though for opposite reasons. Then, he was the progressive; today he is often viewed as a hardnosed chauvinist.

In this class, we will take a fresh look at Paul’s career, and we will discuss how better to understand his writings. We will examine what he has to say about women leaders in the church, about the end times, and about salvation (the faith and works question).

In Paul, we will find a teacher deeply engaged with the problems his churches faced. . . how the gospel can be lived out in new situations . . . and how to answer some of the questions raised by the tension between church and culture.

Dr. Sumney is Professor of Biblical Studies at LTS. He has written six books and over 30 articles for journals and other collections. He currently serves as chair for the Pauline Epistles and Literature Section of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is also a contributor to the highly-regarded New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible.

The Lay School of Theology is a continuing education program primarily for those who wish to enrich their Christian faith.

You may register by downloading a pdf of the course brochure and registration form.

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Seminary family rises to the challenge

Lexington, Ky., Aug. 20, 2012 – The Lexington Theological Seminary community rose to the challenge, surpassing a $50,000 matching gift offer. A group of stewards and trustees said they would match qualifying gifts, up to $50,000, received by July 31, the end of the Seminary’s fiscal year.

President Charisse L. Gillett announced today that members of the Seminary community contributed $69,284 to the Mission and Ministry Matching Gift Challenge. Combined with the matching offer, the total raised was $119,284.

“The support of alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and congregations across the country make it possible to both mentor and challenge our students who desire to serve the church,” said Dr. Gillett. “It allows us to fulfill our mission to prepare faithful leaders for the church, and we offer heartfelt thanks to our partners who continue to support us in this ever-important endeavor.”

Interested donors may contact Mark Blankenship in the Office of Advancement and Development at (859) 280-1245.

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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.

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Lexington Theological Seminary names new Nunnelly Professor

b.blodgett.2.080137 sm Lexington Theological Seminary names new Nunnelly ProfessorLexington, Ky. (May 16, 2012) – The Rev. Dr. Barbara Blodgett joins the faculty of Lexington Theological Seminary as the new Donald and Lilllian Nunnelly Assistant Professor in Pastoral Leadership.

“I am looking forward to joining the Lexington Theological Seminary community at this time in its history so full of promise,” Dr. Blodgett said.

A Ph.D. graduate of Yale University, Department of Religious Studies, Ethics Program, Dr. Blodgett was most recently a lecturer in the SAGES Program at Case Western University. Dr. Blodgett also served as director of supervised ministries at Yale Divinity School, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. Dr. Blodgett recently served as minister for vocation and formation in the national setting of the United Church of Christ and served as associate pastor at First Congregational Church (UCC) in Amherst, Mass.  Her teaching experience also includes roles at Yale University Graduate School, Mount Holyoke College and Yale College. Dr. Blodgett is a respected author of three books and numerous publications on the subjects of pastoral ethics, worship practices, field education and other areas pertinent to ministry.

“We are pleased that Dr. Blodgett will be joining the Seminary community. She brings a unique combination of pastoral, academic, and leadership skills to the role that will serve our students well,” said Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, Lexington Theological Seminary President.

The Donald and Lillian Nunnelly Chair in the Practice of Ministry was established in 2003 with a $1.2 million anonymous gift in honor of the Nunnellys, LTS graduates who have served in various leadership roles on the regional and general levels in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

“The holder of the Nunnelly chair teaches courses in pastoral leadership that are central to education at Lexington Seminary, and directs our accountable ministry site program that is critical to preparation for pastoral ministry.  We are thrilled that Dr. Blodgett is bringing her considerable gifts to these important aspects of educating leaders who can renew the church,” said Richard Weis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

The prior holder of Nunnelly chair was Dr. Steve Monhollen, professor emeritus, who retired in January.

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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.