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Message from the President

Dear Current and Prospective Donors, Alums, and Friends of Phillips:

You may wonder why have we named our office “stewardship” rather than “development” or “institutional advancement”?

It is donors to the seminary who make theological education possible. Graduate theological education is gift-driven education—not tuition-driven. Phillips cannot do our work, and students will not engage in theological education, without gifts. This means the seminary must act as a steward of the gifts and hopes of our donors.

The name stewardship gives us an opportunity to express a fundamental understanding of life with God. At its core, stewardship refers to a way of living that sees life in all of its parts as held in trust from God. As Christians, we know ourselves to be stewards rather than owners. The work of the seminary is a series of acts of stewardship.

  • We act as stewards in relation to leaders in formation sent to us by churches.

  • We are entrusted with a method of preparing for ministry. A graduate seminary marshals the faculty, support staff, facilities, technology, and library that enable the seminary to function as an intellectual center for the church.

  • By means of the library, the seminary makes available many voices in the churches' written memory. Faculty members interpret and hand on select traditions, bringing them into a demanding conversation with present-day circumstances and voices.

  • The business and stewardship offices act as stewards of the funds given to us by hundreds of persons and organizations every year; through trustee and staff attention, we exercise prudent care for the endowment funds given to us by the living and those who have long since passed.

Thank you for your generous donations, careful considerations, and continued support of Phillips Theological Seminary. We would not exist without you.

 

Gary Peluso-Verdend
President & Associate Professor of Practical Theology

 

Gary Peluso-Verdend
President & Associate Professor of Practical Theology

Phillips offers Christian graduate theological education in service of intelligent, just, and
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