The FTE Guide to Theological Education: Chapter 8
So now you've had a chance to read the FTE Guide to Theological Education. Our hope is that your questions may mingle with the information provided here in ways that offer some clarity toward next steps.
We assume that some will reach this point and feel energy and excitement about the prospect of theological education, perhaps skipping this letter and moving on to the application process. Some may sense that this is not the direction or time for such an endeavor. We assume others feel their interest piqued even as they feel nagged by some important questions that remain unanswered. Wherever you find yourself in this process, FTE is here as a friend and partner in the journey.
We are pleased to offer a variety of resources for the exploration and pursuit of theological education. Our hope is to encourage gifted, diverse young leaders to discern a call to pastoral ministry. In the process, we hope others who are not called as clergy will cultivate the practices and skills of theological reflection wherever their vocation might lead. We trust that God is alive and present in this process, calling pastors, teachers, administrators, prophets and mentors to lead congregations and communities to deeper discipleship in faithful response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Since 1954, FTE has worked to notice, name and nurture over 6,000 young people for leadership in the church. These leaders whom we call Fellows serve in churches, seminaries and service agencies. They also serve in businesses, law firms, and government. They are teachers, parents, friends and neighbors. And they are perhaps our greatest resource to you as you discern whether theological education makes sense for you. If you would like to connect with one of these Fellows, please contact us. We will work to connect you with someone who may know firsthand about the kind of questions and decisions you are exploring.
We trust that the next step for FTE is the promotion of the Gospel to a world that desperately needs the Good News. We know that the church needs gifted, diverse leaders to fulfill its mission. We believe theological education is critical for the formation of these leaders. And we pray for those who even now are working to discern their sense of God’s call.
May God guide your heart and mind in the peace of Christ as you discern your next step.
The FTE Staff
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