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 abo
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Auburn’s Center for the Study of Theological Education hosted a webinar for financial aid officers, admissions staff & student personnel at theological schools. This 2013 webinar reviews the latest gov't regulations for income-based repayment plans for federal educational loans. Click here
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This Auburn Resources extends the research that the Center for the Study of Theological Education conducted and published in the Auburn Studies series about the critical issue of indebtedness among theological students. It is designed as a guide for financial aid and admissions personnel, dean of students and others who work with students to reduce and manage educational debt.
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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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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.