Association of Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry

Hot Takes and Trends in Theological Education

September 28, 2021 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

We will be discussing with each other the results of the ALLLM survey to map lifelong learning in theological schools and the data from Mapping the Workforce, a survey administered by ATS to graduates one and five years out from graduation.  With theological education administrators and leaders in LLL in mind, we’ll discuss the hot takes and complementary trends we see in our respective data sets, concerning the needs of graduates and how well we are serving them.  We will ask, “Where are theological schools serving their constituents well?  Where are they missing the mark?  And what should they be thinking about as they move into the future?”


Deborah H.C. Gin, Director of Research & Development, Association of Theological Schools

Helen Blier, Ph.D., Director of Continuing Education, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

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"Innovation!  Applying Design Thinking to Lifelong Learning for Ministry"

Tuesday, October 12 from 3:00-4:30 pm ET

We are all divinely imbued with creativity and the potential to ask provocative questions that can lead us toward new discoveries. This highly interactive webinar will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of Design Thinking for the purpose of practical application to the ministries represented at ALLLM. 


John Park is Director of Doctor of Ministry Program and Des Peres Chair of Congregational Health at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a PhD in Leadership Studies (Organizational Leadership) and has worked with diverse ethnic and linguistic groups both at home and in cross-cultural settings. 

Rev. Lauren Lisa Ng serves as Director of Leadership Empowerment at the American Baptist Home Mission Societies. Lauren has a distinct passion for fresh, alternative and entrepreneurial models of ministry and the emerging leaders who pursue them. Rev. Ng is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry in Creative Leadership at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. She earned her Master of Divinity from the Berkeley School of Theology and her BA in English and Creative Writing from Oberlin College.

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Who is ALLLM?


We are a network of theological educators, program directors, consultants, program designers and brokers, and advocates of continuing education for ministry, who gather annually to explore the needs of the ecumenical church and trends in continuing education. We specialize in providing non-degree educational opportunities for church leaders (clergy and lay). Our annual conferences and periodic newletters provide an opportunity for us to network, learn from and support each other's ministry, and sharpen our sense of what the church needs from its leaders so that we can help strengthen those skills in our own varied contexts.

ALLLM is a Related Learning Organization with the Religious Education Association (REA), and we now meet annually in conjunction with them.

During 2020, we're engaged in a research project to canvas the state of Continuting Education for church leaders, and identify needs, hopes and dreams. Continuing education is becoming a more important factor in the standards of the Association of Theological Schools, and this will have a significant impact on the type and quality of programming that many institutions will be expected to offer. Contact us for more information!