A second commentary on the Council of Deans meeting is unusual. But yesterday was extremely interesting and worth sharing with the community. The focus was on recruitment. We had Mr. Chris Meinzer, Senior Director of the Association Theological Schools, address the Council about recruitment trends. The data was interesting. Most ATS schools are shifting to shorter professional ministry MA degrees and away from the MDiv. The focus over the last decade on lay education has largely failed. There is no growth in this area. There are currently 500 MDiv students at Episcopal Seminaries. In response, the Deans considered a proposal from the Bishop of Texas, our alum, Bishop Andy Doyle, for the seminaries to partner with dioceses in the raising up of vocations. And then the Rev. Alan Bentrup, again our alum, shared the work of and learnings from the Missional Voices conference.
After our discussions, we toured the media center here at Trinity School of Ministry. I am hoping that representatives from Lifelong Learning might make a trip to visit; as the dean of Trinity observed, “you can learn from our mistakes, as well as our progress.” It was an impressive complex, which is all set up for podcasts, lectures, and live casting.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President