CHR Comment: The seminaries were overstaffed, running deficits, and had a diminishing number of students. A joint committee quickly made the decision to restructure. Both institutions were seminaries of the ELCA which has suffered loss of membership in recent years due to changing teachings on human sexuality and other issues.
CHR Comment: Andover-Newton seminary has historic affiliations with Congregationalism, American Baptists, and the United Church of Christ. These denominations are among the mainline Protestant churches experiencing steep decline in membership. Enrollment at mainline Protestant seminaries has dropped by 24% since 2005.