The Center for the Study of Theological Education (CSTE) offers research and consulting to strengthen the institutions that educate religious leaders. The Center studies a wide range of topics, including students, faculty, finances, administrative leadership, educational programs and the public role of theological schools. Using the Center's extensive data base, consultants from the Center help schools evaluate programs, balance budgets, plan strategy, forge partnerships with other institutions, organize searches, and support seminary leadership, especially new presidents. CSTE serves all religious groups and is the only research institute devoted solely to theological education. To learn more about this important research, click here.


We publish a quarterly newsletter that offers the latest research findings on issues of concern to theological schools and seminaries and the denominations, organizations, and individuals that support theological education. Click here to download the latest newsletter, or continue to read more about it and download past newsletters.
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Auburn’s Center for the Study of Theological Education hosted a webinar for financial aid officers, admissions staff and student personnel at theological schools. This 2013 webinar reviews the latest government regulations for income-based repayment plans for federal educational loans. Click here for the PDF and click here for the accompanying audio.
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A Special Report from the Auburn Center for Study of Theological Education
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Through extensive interviews with students and survey analysis from entering and graduating students a picture emerges of today’s theological students and how they experience their call to ministry.
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Published by InTrust magazine, this article highlights the findings from the latest Auburn study, which looks at enrollment trends in theological education over the last twenty years.
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Strengthening theological education has been a priority at Auburn for decades. In the 1960s, Dean Robert Wood Lynn launched the first-ever study of the history of theological education in America. Building on this work and additional studies of innovative forms of theological education, President Barbara G. Wheeler founded the Auburn Center for the Study of Theological Education in 1991. She remained as the director for over twenty years. Currently, the Center’s interim co-directors are Anthony Ruger and Sharon Miller.