LSTC receives ATS Innovation Grant to train collaborative teams to produce sharable learning tools October 3, 2017

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) has received a $50,000 Innovation Grant from the Association of Theological School (ATS) for its project, “Network-Driven Sharables for Public Church Leadership.” The grant will support the creation of “sharables” through online media such as short videos, webinars, or group guides that can be used by church leaders and congregations.

“This grant helps us build on our initial success of congregational engagement efforts that we call the Public Church Network,” said Esther Menn, dean and vice president for academic affairs. “We know that there is a hunger among congregation leaders and members to learn more about the very topics we are teaching in LSTC’s Public Church curriculum.”

During the current academic year, faculty and alumni will collaborate on creating the three sharable learning tools. The ATS initiative will help build the capacities of LSTC faculty and staff to share their meaningful and relevant research with congregational leaders. The product of their collaborations will be disseminated through the online Public Church Network and other seminary and congregational channels. A project leadership team will assess the process and write a framework for other ATS schools to create their own network-driven sharables.

LSTC is one of 58 seminaries in the US and Canada to receive an ATS Innovation Grant. These grants are made possible through funding from the Lilly Endowment for the development and implementation of new educational models and practices.


Esther Menn
Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Lea Schweitz
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology/Religion and Science

Luther Snow
LSTC Engagement Consultant

Jennifer Thomas
Director of Alumni Relations

Jan Boden
Director of Communication and Marketing

The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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