Palm Beach Atlantic University has received a grant of $5 million over five years from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish new routes from theological education to careers in community development and chaplaincy.
The Community Transformation and Chaplaincy program is being funded through Lilly Endowment’s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative. It is a three-phase initiative designed to help theological schools across the United States and Canada as they prioritize and respond to the most pressing challenges they face to prepare pastoral leaders for Christian congregations both now and into the future.
Palm Beach Atlantic’s School of Ministry developed an interdisciplinary concentration in Community Transformation and Chaplaincy within the Master of Divinity program to prepare graduates for future employment in community leadership and other fields that overlap with ministry, such as hospital, hospice, military and corporate chaplaincy. Graduates will be prepared for careers in organizations ranging from small, community-based nonprofits to large-scale public-private partnerships, major institutions and corporations. Many, but not all, of these organizations are faith-based, and all recognize the critical role that faith-formed leaders bring to mission-driven organizations.
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