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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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CONTACT: Beth Goins  (502) 316-4575, bgoins@lextheo.edu

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.

LTS celebrates 146th Commencement

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2012) – Recognized as a trailblazer in modern theological education, Lexington Theological Seminary paid tribute to its traditional roots today in the observance of the school’s 146th graduation service.

A piper, as he has many times before, led the procession across the seminary lawn to the mellow tones of a bagpipe. Hymns were sung, prayers were offered. Words of thanks were given for those who have contributed to the life of the seminary and the well-being of the students over the years. Students received hoods, diplomas, and a red flower. Words of encouragement filled the air as the Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas, senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tenn., delivered the keynote address, “Living Inside Out.” Traditions were carried out.

In doing so, LTS laid the foundation for new traditions as well. It was the first graduation ceremony presided over by the Seminary’s first female and African American president, Dr. Charisse L. Gillett. It was also the second graduation ceremony since the school underwent a radical shift to online classrooms and greater involvement of individual congregations in preparing students for ministry.

“It has been our privilege to journey with these students and families, and we believe they will make valuable contributions to the community as pastors, educators, chaplains and leaders,” said Dr. Gillett.

Two new traditions established today include:

• The first Presidential Award, which went to Dr. James M. “Sonny” Wray, Vice President of Advancement. Wray is an LTS graduate who has been a dedicated member of the LTS staff for 35 years and plans to retire in June. He also has served the church as a pastor, educator and lay leader.

• Special recognition of a teaching congregation. This year, President Gillett presented the award to Crestwood Christian Church of Lexington, Ky., in recognition of its role in helping to shape students for ministry and for its partnership with the Seminary to provide annual scholarships.

The 2012 graduating class of Lexington Theological Seminary includes:

• Paul Semisch, Morehead, Ky., Master of Arts

• Antoinette M. Hummeldorf, Lexington, Ky., Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

• Kristine S. Ehlert, Lexington, Ky., Master of Divinity

• Cynthia Jones, Fort Thomas, Ky., Master of Divinity

• Jonathon Moyers, Pleasant Hill, Ill., Master of Divinity

• Steven Edward Sherman, Brandon, Fla., Master of Divinity

• Mark Benson, Kinston, N.C., Doctor of Ministry

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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.

Homecoming 2012

Please join us for homecoming June 22 and 23, 2012. It will be great to see beloved, familiar faces from across the years!

Interested in downloading the full program of activities for Homecoming 2012: Click Here

You may register online here.

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NOTE: We have secured a block of rooms at the following hotels.
Please indicate you are with Lexington Theological Seminary to receive the discounted rate.

 Holiday Inn Express
1000 Export Street
Lexington, KY  40504
(859) 389-6800
$89 a night

Residence Inn Beaumont
3110 Wall Street
Lexington, KY  40513
(859) 296-0460
$119.99 a night

 

Schedule of activities:

Register online for events here.

Friday, June 22

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:  Registration/Visiting/Coffee & Pastries
10:15 a.m.:  Gathering, Fellowship Hall
—————- •  Welcome and Seminary Greetings
—————- •  LTS on the Map
—————- •  Decade Stories: Wayne Bell – The Forties / Tanya Tyler – 2000′s

11:20 a.m.:  Break

12:00 p.m.:  Student Chapel

12:30 p.m.:  Lunch, Fellowship Hall
————–  • Welcome
————–  • Student Presentations
————–  • Decade Stories

1:15 p.m.:  Break

2:00 p.m.:  LTS Online:  Yes It Works:  Dr. Emily Askew

3:00 p.m.:  Technology in the Classroom:  It’s Not So Scary:  Ben Wyatt

3:30 p.m.:  Break and Opportunity to Join a Class (Limited Spaces)

5:30 p.m.:  Memorial Service, Sanders Chapel

6 p.m.:  Dinner, Fellowship Hall

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Saturday, June 23 Cane Ridge Day      
**Wear your LTS t-shirt to Cane Ridge**

8 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.:  Breakfast and roundtable discussion with President Charisse Gillett
                                    • “Embracing a New Narrative:  LTS in the 21st Century”           

9:30 a.m.:  Gather at Cane Ridge

10 a.m.:  Early Cane Ridge and Religious Traditions:  Ellen Eslinger

12 p.m.:  Lunch (Box Lunches)

1 p.m.:  The Mode and Manner of Indian Warfare According to James Smith
and Other Captives: 
Ellen Eslinger

3 p.m.:  Return to Lexington & Break and Free Time

5:30 p.m.:  Gather at Crestwood

6 p.m.:  Retirement Dinner for Sonny Wray
———-  • Crestwood Christian Church

Noted preacher, author to speak at 146th graduation

Dr. Frank Thomas Noted preacher, author to speak at 146th graduation
LEXINGTON, KY, April 17, 2012 – The Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas, senior pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tenn., and author of multiple books including the upcoming American Dream 2.0: A Christian Way Out of the Great Recession, will deliver the keynote address at Lexington Theological Seminary’s 146th graduation service on Friday, May 11.

Thomas holds a Ph.D. in Communications (Rhetoric) from the University of Memphis, Doctor of Ministry degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in African-Caribbean Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.  He serves as adjunct professor in the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Master of Divinity programs at McCormick Theological Seminary, adjunct professor of preaching at Memphis Theological Seminary and teaches preaching in churches, ministerial associations, and denominational groups all over the country.

Thomas also is a professional coach who preaches and teaches nationally and internationally. Additionally, he hosts 15 Minutes of Faith with Dr. Frank A. Thomas, a weekly radio ministry that speaks to the well being of body, mind and soul.

The graduation service is at 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall on the University of Kentucky campus adjacent to Lexington Theological Seminary. A bagpipe processional will precede the service.

Scheduled graduation events are:

* Wednesday, April 25:
6 p.m. 21st annual rose ceremony and dinner honoring women graduates, in memory of the late Rev. Karen Stroup

* Thursday, May 10:
11:45 a.m. Lunch and Awards (LTS Fellowship Hall)
1:30 p.m. Senior Communion (Sanders Chapel)
2:45 p.m. Graduation rehearsal

** Friday, May 11:
10 a.m. Graduation (Memorial Hall), reception to follow in LTS Fellowship Hall

* Private events   ** Open to the public

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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.