Board Announces New Sustainability Plan

The Board of Trustees at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) has announced a new, multi-pronged sustainability plan to preserve the school’s current fiscal strength and enable it to begin a dynamic new chapter in its nearly 160-year history of visionary theological education.

Like other seminaries, CTS faces new realities in 2014, both on campus and in the surrounding world. The shifting North American religious landscape calls for new programs and educational formats. While the CTS student body is now half the size it was 20 years ago, our faculty size has not changed, resulting in a student/faculty ratio that has reached an unsustainable level. Higher education is in significant transition, creating new opportunities for innovation and institutional partnerships.

With all of this in mind, the Board has directed and authorized the CTS administration to implement the following sustainability plan:

  1. Allocate substantial resources toward innovative recruiting of graduate students and other learners, focusing especially on new constituencies;
  2. Continue progress on enhanced CTS fundraising;
  3. Offer faculty members generous and appropriate voluntary separation packages in keeping with their valued service to the seminary;
  4. Explore creative partnerships with appropriate institutions;
  5. Continue to design and reconfigure seminary programs with financial sustainability in mind.

“During this time of transition in theological education, many seminaries have been forced into even more difficult and painful decisions because they waited too long to respond,” said J. Mark Mutz, Chairman of the CTS Board of Trustees. “We decided to act now, while still strong, and to change in response to a changing church and world."

“Change is always difficult, especially when it impacts the lives of beloved colleagues,” said Rev. Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton, President of CTS. “It is fitting that we take time – with heavy and grateful hearts – to honor their contributions, even as we look ahead to what long-term financial strength and stability can mean for Christian Theological Seminary. The Board’s actions will result in enhanced student scholarship programs and recruitment initiatives, increased capacity to financially support the educational innovations of our faculty, more robust community engagement, and the ability to properly care for our campus. Most importantly, however, this plan will result in a new and sustainable path for CTS into the future, enabling us to accomplish our mission – to form disciples of Jesus Christ for church and community leadership to serve God’s transforming of the world – for generations to come.”

The Sustainability FAQ sheet (January 2014) is now available to download
The Sustainability White Paper (February 2014) is also available to download
The Sustainability FAQ Follow-up (March 2014) is now available to download

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