Conversations on Stewardship & Finances Project

Conversations on Stewardship & Finances

Lexington Theological Seminary’s Conversations on Stewardship & Finances Project engages with students, congregations, and partners to help address the economic challenges facing ministers.

  • Partnering with organizational leaders to influence the conversation within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) regarding financial literacy, student debt, and the cost of higher education.
  • Enhancing and enriching efforts to educate Lexington Theological Seminary (LTS) students about biblical stewardship and the implications of consumer and student loan debt on their ministries.
  • Conducting research to understand the implications of bi-vocational ministry on the choices and financial viability of clergy and congregations.

Conversations with Organizational Leaders

Lexington Theological Seminary (LTS)  is seeking to influence the larger conversation within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) regarding financial literacy, student debt, and the cost of higher education.

  • In 2014-2016 L.T.S. partnered with the Council of Colleges and Universities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Philips Theological Seminary to convene a working to group of presidents, administrators, and faculty to explore the challenges of financing a college education and a graduate theological education for students interested in ministry.
  • Resource coming in August 2017
  • In 2017 L.T.S. is working to extend the conversation in partnership with denominational partners, Higher Education Leadership Ministries and Disciples Home Missions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), as we continue to explore the challenges of financing a college education and a graduate theological education for students interested in ministry in ways which impact families, congregations, and educational institutions.

 Conversations with Students

Lexington Theological Seminary (LTS) is building on existing practices in student services and the academic program by supporting enhanced knowledge for staff and strengthening the conversations and documents used with students.

  • Financial planning resources are provided on the LTS website to help students make well-informed financial decisions as they pursue theological education and prepare for ministry after seminary.

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  • Lexington Theological Seminary students are provided access to Money Sanity U®, a subscription-based video library designed by Nathan Dungan, personal financial advisor, for individuals and families to proactively address the topic of money and the role it plays in their lives in order to enhance their financial well-being.

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Conversations with Congregations and Pastors

Lexington Theological Seminary is conducting research in partnership with the Christian Church in Kentucky to understand the implications of bi-vocational ministry on the choices and financial viability of clergy and congregations.

  • In 2015 Lexington Theological Seminary fielded a web-based survey of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ministers serving Disciples congregations in Kentucky with a 60% response rate. The following narrated presentation provides some highlights of what we are learning from the survey.

  • In 2015-2016 Lexington Theological Seminary conducted semi-structured interviews with 10 bi-vocational ministers and lay leaders of the congregations they serve. The following narrated presentation provides some highlights of what we are learning from the interviews.


About the Project

  • The Conversations on Stewardship & Finances Project is part of the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers.
  • The Conversations on Stewardship & Finances Project began in 2014 and was funded for three years through a $250,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. In 2016 the project received funding for three additional years through a $120,000 sustainability grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.
  • For more information, contact the project director, Rev. Kris Bentley, at kris.bentley@lextheo.edu.