The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary has received a $998,503 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish Being There: Local Ministry Leadership in a Networked Age.
The project is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative. It is a three-phase initiative designed to help theological schools across the United States and Canada as they prioritize and respond to the most pressing challenges they face as they prepare pastoral leaders for Christian congregations both now and into the future.
Being There: Local Ministry Leadership in a Networked Age will allow UDTS to help fulfill its mission of forming faithful ministry leaders by increasing student accessibility to theological education and by situating that education within the context of existing or emerging local and regional ministry networks.
The grant will enable UDTS to develop a comprehensive ministry-lifespan model of theological education that promotes theological formation over the lifespan of ministry. In response to the changing needs of students, UDTS will develop educational program elements, refocused and/or repacked to make them more accessible to leaders at various stages of ministry. The grant will also enable UDTS to situate those newly accessible education programs in local and regional ministry networks through formal partnerships.
Being There: Local Ministry Leadership in a Networked Age will launch in January 2022.