Support Future Servants
In 2012, the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. invited 20 theological schools to prepare proposals for a pilot initiative aimed at addressing the economic challenges facing future ministers. Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) was one of those schools.
Taking a cue from our mission statement, our proposal was entitled, “Improving the Economic Well-being of Future Servants of Jesus Christ.” Our proposal set forth a three-year plan to research the financial well-being of our students and alumni, particularly the problem of student loan debt, as well as to gauge the awareness of donors and congregations concerning the cost of seminary education and its sources of funding, then to communicate the results to our seminary stakeholders, ultimately engaging them in imagining and implementing solutions with us that will impact this issue. In late 2012, Lilly awarded CTS a grant of $250,000 over three years to carry out the proposal.
The resources produced for this effort, along with progress reports will be shared on this website as they become available.