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Research Highlights

Research Highlights

The Seminary's grant research profile has grown while focusing on a number of strategically important fields of study. Use the interactive directory below to learn more about research projects.


The Ministry Collaboratory @ Princeton

- December 2021

Overview

The Ministry Collaboratory @ Princeton (the Collaboratory) disseminates findings and creates resources emerging from Princeton Theological Seminary’s recently completed young adult innovation hub, The Zoe Project (2017-2021). Various strategies for young adult/congregational
collaboration will be tested in 90 congregations clustered in 30 different communities. The Collaboratory will also develop a suite of learning tools to help young adults and congregations empathize, collaborate, and innovate together more effectively.

SENIOR FACULTY STRATEGIST
Kenda Creasy Dean, Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture and faculty liaison to the Institute for Youth Ministry

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Cultivating Virtue in God’s “Brainforest”: Creating Youth Ministry Curriculum with Neurodiversity in Mind

- November 2021

Overview

The Institute for Youth Ministry secured a grant from the Fuller Youth Institute to create Christian education curriculum on neurodiversity and faith formation in youth ministry. The curriculum aims to equip leaders to shape congregations in which young people of all neurotypes flourish. The project is part of Fuller Youth Institute’s “Character-Forming Youth Discipleship” project, funded by The John Templeton Foundation.

PROJECT LEADER
Abigail Rusert, Director of Program Design and the Institute for Youth Ministry

CO-LEADERS

Michael Paul Cartledge, PhD Candidate
Erin Raffety, Empirical Research Consultant

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En Conjunto! Strengthening the Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Latinx Masters and PhD Students

- November 2021

Overview

En Conjunto! Strengthening the Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation of Latinx Masters and PhD Students is a project of the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant will enable further development of four projects embedded in HTI’s professional development focus for Latinx masters and PhDs in theology and religion.

LEADER
Joanne Rodríguez, director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative

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The Isaiah Partnership: Pastors Leading Innovation

- November 2021

Overview

The Isaiah Partnership: Pastors Leading Innovation will test two models of pastoral leadership formation that foster innovation and change in, with, and through congregations. These models will inform how Princeton Theological Seminary prepares students in degree and non-degree programs to lead innovation and catalyze change in their communities and by mobilizing lay persons in congregations. Concurrently, this project will engage Princeton Seminary faculty in creating a theological framework for innovation and change leadership, in which innovation is understood as participation in God’s “new thing” in Jesus Christ (Isa. 43:19).

PROJECT LEADER
Abigail Rusert, Director of Program Design and the Institute for Youth Ministry

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Pathways for Tomorrow

- March 2021

Overview

Drs. Shane Berg and Gordon Mikoski successfully secured a small planning grant that will lead to an application to conduct a full project. This is the first phase of a three-phase initiative offered to institutions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. The goals of the Initiative will be (1) to explore emerging challenges and opportunities facing ATS institutions as well as the Christian congregations that they serve; (2) to gain clarity for each about its mission; (3) to assess the effectiveness of the applicant schools’ educational strategies and financial operations; and (4) to design and implement plans to launch new and/or strengthen current projects to address key challenges and opportunities.

CO-DIRECTORS
Shane Berg, Executive Vice President
Gordon Mikoski, Associate Professor of Christian Education

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Engaging African Realities: Integrating Social Science within African Theology

- January 2021

Overview

In collaboration with Calvin University, Professor Afe Adogame is leading a project to support African theologians to engage in fresh social scientific integrated approaches in grounded theology, with the goal of producing creative and original projects. This project is an attempt at realizing the potential of theological creativity from the bottom up, as opposed to the top down. The work will include early career African theologians with compelling research ideas to work on three years of research and curricular development.

PROJECT LEADER
Afe Adogame, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Religion and Society

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Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Author, Speaker, Ordained Minister

Danielle Shroyer, Class of 1999

“To be in a community where I got to hear so many different perspectives—that was profound for me. I’m grateful for the curiosity, for the practice of learning that was cultivated for me at Seminary.”