Equipping Vocational Discovery

Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.

Parker J. Palmer

FTE strives to equip the next generation of leaders who are inspired to do God’s work in the world through his or her own church or academic community. With support, diverse young people can enliven their vocational pursuit, becoming intellectually and spiritually whole leaders. We provide resources created to meet the unique needs of those who are seeking their purpose, passion and call, and the partners who nurture them on their journey.


Video Featured

Fuel the Fire to Lead

Right now a young adult you know is wondering, “what will I do with my one precious life?” Watch this short animated video to learn how you can impact the life of an emerging Christian leader.

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Articles / Whitepapers Featured

Leading Differently: 2016 FTE Christian Leadership Forum Reflections

How do we shape a world with a more hopeful future? This is the question explored by more than 200 faithful leaders at the 2016 FTE Christian Leadership Forum. Over three days in Atlanta, FTE hosted a diverse, intergenerational gathering of Christian leaders—seminarians, faith-based community workers and volunteers, doctoral students, leaders of theological schools, congregations and church-related organizations. This publication includes insights and reflections from several Forum participants as well as written pieces from FTE’s Stephen Lewis and Dori Baker.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, High School Ministry, Theological Institutions, Students, Young Adults, Diversity


Articles / Whitepapers Featured

Seven Insights on Leadership the World Needs Now

We know that communities everywhere need inspired leaders to shape a hopeful future. But can we actually create the conditions in which faithful, wise and courageous leaders will thrive? We believe the answer is “yes.” And doing God’s work in the world depends on it. Over 18 months in seven cities with 200 conversation partners, FTE explored three questions: What are the leadership questions you wrestle with in your context? What kinds of leaders does the world need from the church today? What attributes must these leaders have to make a difference in the world?

Tags: Campus Ministry, Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, High School Ministry, Theological Institutions, Students, Young Adults, Doctoral Education


Tools

5 Cups of Coffee

Asking questions can help us unlock our deep gladness and how we experience the world’s deep hunger. Do you know someone struggling to know what God’s call is in his or her life? Invite them to join you for a cup of coffee and share with them in each of these 5 important conversations​.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, High School Ministry, Theological Institutions, Students, Young Adults, Leadership Development


Books

A Guidebook of Promising Practices: Facilitating College Students’ Spiritual Development

A Guidebook of Promising Practices: Facilitating Students’ Spiritual Development summarizes campus-wide initiatives and institutional practices from colleges and universities across the country, and features examples of practices that can facilitate students’ spiritual development. This guidebook can serve as a companion to Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives by Alexander W. Astin, Helen S. Astin, and Jennifer A. Lindholm (Jossey-Bass, 2011). Promising Practices is designed for use by administrators, faculty, student affairs professionals, and student leaders who are committed to supporting students’ spiritual development.

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A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life

Four themes that build on Palmer’s earlier writing are explored in this book: the shape of an integral life, the meaning of community, teaching and learning for transformation, and nonviolent social change.

Tags: Campus Ministry, High School Ministry, Leadership Development, Service, Activism & Volunteerism, Vocational Discernment, Books


Articles / Whitepapers

A Letter from a Pastor to a Young Person

A letter from a pastor to a young woman whom he believes has a call to pastoral ministry.

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A Life at Work: The Joy of Discovering What You Were Born to Do

In this slender volume, bestselling spiritual guru Moore (Care of the Soul) says that finding the right work, finding one’s vocation, is also part of the care of the soul.

Tags: Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Books


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A Ray of Darkness

A collection of sermons and addresses that show how faith equips for engagement with the world.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, High School Ministry, Students, Young Adults, Pastoral Ministry, Spirituality


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A Sacred Voice Is Calling: Personal Vocation And Social Conscience

Includes wisdoms from many traditions including Native American and Christian to better hear the call to action for others as the journey toward vocation.

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Active Faith Matters: 2015 FTE Christian Leadership Forum Reflections

Does an Active Faith Matter? This is the question explored by nearly 200 faithful leaders at the 2015 FTE Christian Leadership Forum. Over three days in Dallas, FTE hosted a diverse, intergenerational gathering of Christian leaders—seminarians, faith-based community workers and volunteers, doctoral students, leaders of theological schools, congregations and church-related organizations. This publication includes insights and reflections from several Forum participants as well as written pieces from FTE’s Stephen Lewis and Dori Baker.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, High School Ministry, Theological Institutions, Students, Young Adults, Diversity


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Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down

Dr. Jones is an adjunct professor at Andover-Newton Theological School and a popular 2008 Boston VEV presenter. Audio CD.

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After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion

Wuthnow is a sociologist at Princeton. Recommended by Mike Wilker, former president of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, this book gives a view of American religion decades into the future.

Tags: Faith-based Volunteer, Young Adults, Service, Activism & Volunteerism, Spirituality, Books



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Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church

Based on the National Study of Youth and Religion—the same invaluable data as its predecessor, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers—Kenda Creasy Dean’s compelling new book, Almost Christian, investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about Christianity and at the same time so apathetic about genuine religious practice.

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Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith

How Norris learned to use religious words. Norris is a best-selling author, poet, feminist, theological conservative and Benedictine oblate.

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Tools

American Academy of Religion

As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion has more than 10,000 members who teach in some 1,500 colleges, universities, seminaries and schools in North America and abroad. The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs and membership services.

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Tools

American Academy of Religion Career Guide for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession

A source of reflection upon and understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions and values through excellence in scholarship and teaching in the field of religion.

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Books

An Ignatian Spirituality Reader

Selections by Ignatian spirituality experts, including Howard Gray, William Berry, Dennis Hamm, Ron Hansen and others.

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Answering Your Call: A Guide for Living Your Deepest Purpose

A spiritual “how-to” book that helps readers discern what they are called to do, find the courage to respond to that call and stay the course to make that vision reality.

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Anxious Souls Will Ask : The Christ-Centered Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A brief, brilliant book that shows the prison reflections of Bonhoeffer for those who desire to walk more closely with Jesus in today’s troubled world.

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Art is a Way of Knowing: A Guide to Self-Knowledge and Spiritual Fulfillment Through Creativity

This book offers encouragement for everyone to explore art making in this spirit of self-discovery-plus practical instructions on material, methods, and activities.

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Books

At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education

Growing out of a year-long seminar sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and its Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), this book brings together a nationwide group of scholars from a variety of disciplines in order to produce new scholarly writing on this topic. It offers a historical and theoretical account of vocational reflection and discernment and also suggests how these endeavors can be carried out through specific educational practices. Attending both to the current state of higher education and to broader cultural trends, the contributors examine the contours of vocation from historical, theological, and philosophical perspectives. They consider the relationship between vocation and virtue, both of which encourage the cultivation of habits that lead to a life marked by flourishing and fulfillment-for oneself and for others. The authors also discuss how to engage students in actively reflecting on questions of meaning and purpose through classroom conversations, co-curricular activities, programs for community engagement, and attention to a campus’s physical features. At This Time and In This Placeoffers a compelling argument for vocational reflection and discernment in undergraduate education and represents a significant contribution to the emerging scholarly literature in this field.

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At This Time and In This Place: Vocation and Higher Education

Seeking to deepen current scholarly engagement with vocational exploration in both theory and practice, At This Time and In This Place champions the themes of calling and vocation as key elements of effective undergraduate education.

Tags: Campus Ministry, High School Ministry, Students, Young Adults, Vocational Discernment, Books


Books

ATLA Religion Database

ATLA provides an index to journal articles, book reviews and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Click here to log into ATLA Database. If you do not have a login, please contact Fran Davis-Harris for login information at fdavis-harris@fteleaders.org

Tags: Students, Doctoral Education, Seminary Education, Books, Curriculum, Tools


Articles / Whitepapers

Auburn: Report on a Study of Doctoral Programs that Prepare Faculty for Teaching in Theological Scho

A study that reflects more than 25 years of study by Auburn with the purpose of tracking patterns of doctoral preparation of seminary faculty.

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Articles / Whitepapers

Auburn: Study of Theological Education

Auburn’s Center for the Study of Theological Education is the only research institute in the nation focusing specifically and comprehensively on theological education. Established in 1991, it identifies key challenges, explores them in depth, and shares the results with theological schools, religious communities and other educational institutions.

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Awakened to a Calling: Reflections on the Vocation of Ministry

Ms. Wiginton is the former VP of Ministry Programs and Planning at FTE. This is a collection of sermons on the theme of discerning a pastoral vocation.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, High School Ministry, Students, Young Adults, Pastoral Ministry, Seminary Education


Articles / Whitepapers

Becoming a Pastor: Reflections on the Transition into Ministry

Published by the Alban Institute, this is a web-based e-book resource about how to start, administer and review a TiM-style program.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Pastoral Ministry, Articles / Whitepapers, Curriculum




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Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development

Perkins has been a leader in economic development and empowerment as part of the mission of the church, a theme very close to the hearts of volunteers.

Tags: Faith-based Volunteer, Young Adults, Service, Activism & Volunteerism, Spirituality, Books



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Black American Feminisms: A Multidisciplinary Bibliography

This multidisciplinary subject bibliography of black American feminist writings is an effort to combat the erasure of black feminist subjectivity and thought through the promotion and use of the literature for the general public, students, scholars and life-long learners seeking information on African American feminism and African American feminist interpretations of a broad range of issues. The bibliography documents and validates an intellectual tradition that is continuously ghettoized within black studies, women’s studies and society as a whole. Moreover, the bibliography serves to ensure a place for black American feminist thought in the social change discourse, ensuring its preservation and perpetuation.

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Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before the Watching World

Describes five ancient practices important for the social, economic, and political witness of the church today. Yoder is well known among the Anabaptists within the VEV partnership.

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Book, Bath, Table, and Time: Christian Worship as Source and Resource for Youth Ministry

This book gives youth, youth ministers, congregational leaders, and seminary students ideas for and suggestions on how to practice the liturgical holy things of the ordo - the ancient church’s life “ordered” around its liturgical “holy things” - bath (Baptism); book (Scriptures); table (Eucharist); calendar (the prayerful patterning of time) - in order to provide the church with a faithful ecology of life that is capable of forming Christian youth who experience God’s presence, identify God rightly, and take up their baptismal vocations before God and for the world.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, High School Ministry, Students, Young Adults, Leadership Development, Spirituality


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Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx

An FTE Fellow, this parish pastor in the south Bronx shares insights and inspiration through her own ministry.

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Calling & Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life

Willimon, a United Methodist bishop, popular preacher and former dean of the Chapel at Duke University offers a clear and compelling picture of pastoral life that can inform those considering ordained ministry.

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Curriculum

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship aims to promote the scholarly study of the theology, history and practice of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in worshiping communities across North America and beyond.

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Curriculum

Campus Ministry

The best environment in which to learn about oneself as a leader is in the practice of leadership. The Campus Ministry course is designed to give students practical experience in organizing, planning, designing, and implementing a small group curriculum in the context of peer groups. Using the ‘classroom’ of the campus and the text of Philippians, students will use peer groups to develop a small group strategy for their dorm areas.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Leadership Development, Pastoral Ministry, Curriculum


Curriculum

Center for Effective Teaching and Learning

The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETaL) promotes excellence in university teaching and learning. Support for UTEP faculty and other instructors in the region in instructional design, development and evaluation. The Center works with faculty to develop teaching materials that clearly communicate to students how to succeed in completing course requirements and in learning course material.

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Blogs

Century Blogs

A progressive, ecumenical magazine that explores what it means to believe and live out the Christian faith in our time.

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Books

Christian Meditation

A short work that is not a “how to” book, but reflections about Christian meditation, its experience and union with God.

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