Board of Theological Education. Records

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Board of Theological Education. Records


  • 1968-1976 (Creation)


4 cu.ft. (4 boxes)

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The Board for Theological Education was established by the 1967 General Convention in response to discussions with younger seminarians and members of the clergy that revealed a wide-spread dissatisfaction with existing theological education. The Board was to study the needs and trends of theological education and make recommendations for changes to the theological education system. Additionally, it was to assist institutions in the education of future clergy, the continuing education of existing clergy, the enlistment and selection of candidates for ministry, and programs for the education of the laity. Composed of fifteen members representing bishops, clergy, and laity, the Board for Theological Education was merged into the newly-created Standing Commission on Ministry by the 1997 General Convention.

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The Board for Theological Education records span from the Board’s creation in 1967 through 1976. The records include official minutes of the Board and its committees, studies and reports, correspondence, financial records, and materials regarding the work of the Board. Program records are further organized around continuing education and vocational development, grants given to seminaries, experimental and specialized programs, recruitment, selection and evaluation of students, studies and task forces, overseas theological education, and implementation and enhancement of theological education. Of particular note are the records for the Bishops Advisory Council on Applications for the Ministry (BACAM) and the General Board of Examining Chaplains (GBEC), as well as the correspondence of the Rev. Alden D. Kelley regarding the Board's work in the continuing education of clergy, and records discussing the ordination of women.


Minutes, Reports, and Meeting Mailings, 1968-1976
Organizational Records, 1968-1975
Financial Records, 1970-1976
Office Operations and Program Records, 1968-1976

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Board for Theological Education Records, 1969-1987

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