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.



Articles / Whitepapers

Coalition on the Academic Workforce

A 2010 survey by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) that studies the courses faculty members were teaching, where they were teaching and for what pay and benefits.

Tags: Theological Institutions, Students, Doctoral Education, Articles / Whitepapers, Tools


Books

Colonies of Heaven: Celtic Models for Today’s Church

Bradley, a theologian at St. Andrew’s, Scotland, uses early Christian monasticism as a model for missions for today’s church.

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


Books

Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World

A landmark study that reveals how we become committed to the common good and sustain such commitments.

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



Tools

Congregational Resource Guide

An effort of the Alban Institute in consultation with the Indianapolis Center for Congregations and other specialists, the Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) exists to help congregational leaders connect with resources that will enable them to face challenges and foster vitality in their communities of faith.

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Books

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

A series of notes, opinions, reflections and experiences that examine the most urgent questions of his age.

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Books

Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus (Youth Specialties)

Yaconelli is co-founder and director of Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project. This is a “how to” for creating meaningful silence and contemplative activities to recognize the presence of Jesus.

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



Books

Crossing the Jordan: Meditations on Vocation (Cloister Books)

This piece explores the questions of discernment and vocation through meditations on the life and vocation of Jesus.

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


Tools

CrossWalk.com’s Bible Search

CrossWalk.com provides various popular versions of the English Bible to be searched.

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Tools

CyberHymnal

6,700 Christian hymns and Gospel songs including lyrics, scores, MIDI files, pictures and history.

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Tools

Daily Lectionary

Daily Lectionary offers Sunday texts as well as daily texts for study, prayer and reflection posted by the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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Books

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography (Dakotas)

Maps the cultural/spiritual life of the High Plains. Norris is a best-selling author, poet, feminist, theological conservative and Benedictine oblate.

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Dante to Dead Man Walking: One Reader’s Journey Through the Christian Classics

Fifty works from the Old Testament to contemporary works that challenge the social conscience and raise religious issues in a provocative way.

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


Audio

Day1

Day1 is the voice of the mainline Protestant churches, presenting outstanding preachers from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church and other denominations. This website features an extensive library of lectionary-based sermons in text and audio and other helpful information for lay persons and pastors.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Pastoral Ministry, Seminary Education, Spirituality, Audio


Books

Desert Hearts, Healing Fountains: Gaining Pastoral Vocational Clarity

This books helps pastors, novice and seasoned, to find the vocational refreshment and nourishing sources to understand their pastoral call with a clarity that remains compelling and empowering throughout their ministry.

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Blogs

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The only source of critical news, information and insightful commentary on the full range of issues concerning diversity in American higher education.

Tags: Theological Institutions, Students, Diversity, Doctoral Education, Blogs


Articles / Whitepapers

Doctoral Fact Sheet

Over the past 15 years,FTE worked alongside partner institutions to support students of color pursuing Ph.D.s in religion, theology and biblical studies. FTE Doctoral Fellows and Alumni have become leaders within the academy and have diversified the voices of religious scholars who are making an impact in the communities they serve.

Tags: Theological Institutions, Diversity, Doctoral Education, Articles / Whitepapers


Books

Doing Girlfriend Theology: God-Talk with Young Women

Girlfriend Theology is a model of religious education that helps nurture voice and authentic spirituality in girls and women. It is one way for the spiritual hunger, passion, and curiosity of today’s adolescent girls to connect with the beliefs and practices of the generations of faithful women who came before them. It provides a healthy faith-based antidote to the dangers many girls face as they approach adulthood.

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



Curriculum

Exploring Vocation through Former Volunteer Retreats

Years of anecdotal evidence, together with responses from a 2015 survey of over 800 former Jesuit Volunteers (FJVs), tell us that alumni of faith-based volunteer service programs strongly desire retreat opportunities. This curriculum serves as a resource to those interested in planning vocational discernment retreats for former volunteers.

Tags: Faith-based Volunteer, Leadership Development, Vocational Discernment, Curriculum


Blogs

Faith and Leadership

The Faith and Leadership site produced by Duke Divinity School offers reflections, resources, sermons and blog posts.

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


Books

Faith in Leadership : How Leaders Live Out Their Faith in Their Work-And Why It Matters

A collection of essays from a wide spectrum of Christian traditions about how personal convictions relate to public responsibilities.

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Articles / Whitepapers

Faithful to the Call: Reflections on Excellence in Ministry

The FTE report “Faithful to the Call” is a summary of four regional consultations that took place from 2002-2005. Ministers and lay leaders were invited to discuss excellence in ministry – specifically, what it looks like and what gets in its way. A wide range of stories, theories and anecdotes from those working in ministry on a daily basis are included.

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


Books

Ferguson and Faith

The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reignited a long-smoldering movement for justice, with many St. Louis-area clergy stepping up to support the emerging young leaders of today’s Civil Rights Movement. Seminary professor Leah Gunning Francis was among the activists, and her interviews with more than two dozen faith leaders and with the new movement’s organizers take us behind the scenes of the continuing protests. Ferguson and Faith demonstrates that being called to lead a faithful life can take us to places we never expected to go, with people who never expected us to join hands with them.

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


Articles / Whitepapers

Fidelia’s Sisters

An online magazine by and for young clergywomen by the Young Clergy Women Project.

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Books

Finding God in the Movies: 33 Films of Reel Faith

Explores biblical themes like forgiveness, faith and repentance, including discussion resources for small groups.

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Blogs

Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices (Ancient Practices Series)

Part of the Ancient Practices Series edited by Phyllis Tickle, emerging church leader McLaren gives a guide for ancient practices to help experience God in new and fresh ways.

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


Curriculum

Finding Your Calling: The Renaissance Within

As English theologian William Perkins explained, “every person of every degree, state, sex, or condition, without exception must have some personal and particular calling.” Because Renaissance men and women expected to discover their callings, in remarkable ways, they found them. Their vocations illuminated their lives as they combined ideals and action into unprecedented creative contributions to science, religion, politics, and the arts.

Tags: Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Curriculum


Books

Follow Me to Freedom: Leading As an Ordinary Radical

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.

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Books

Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose: Vocation and the Ethics of Ambition

Challenges the American cult of success, defining vocation as the proper dedication of our unique talents to meet the needs of others.

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Books

Francis of Assisi: Performing the Gospel of Life

A Roman Catholic perspective that presents Francis as a man of the incarnation and the cross.

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Blogs

FTE Blog

The central site to access all blog posts by FTE fellows, Alumni and leadership.

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


Articles / Whitepapers

FTE Guide to Pastoral Internships

The FTE Guide to Creating Pastoral Internships presents a roadmap for congregations and church-related organizations on how to put together pastoral internships. (67Mb)

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


Articles / Whitepapers

FTE Guide to Theological Education

Theological education is a journey of the heart, soul, mind and strength into the life of God and the healing of the world. As you read The FTE Guide to Theological Education, our hope is that you will find the information helpful as you discern your next steps in pursuing a graduate theological degree toward preparing for ministry.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Congregations & Church Related Organizations, High School Ministry, Students, Young Adults, Seminary Education, Vocational Discernment, Articles / Whitepapers


Articles / Whitepapers

FTE Guide to VocationCARE

The FTE guide to practices designed to help congregations become places where everyone can hear and respond to God’s call in their lives.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, High School Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Vocational Discernment, Articles / Whitepapers


Articles / Whitepapers

FTE Offerings

This two-page handout provides a quick look at opportunities FTE provides for young leaders who are exploring ministry and teaching and the partners who are cultivating those young leaders.

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


Audio

FTE on Soundcloud

More than 55 speeches, sermons and audio files from FTE fellows, Alumni and leadership.

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


Video

FTE Stories

FTE Fellows and Alumni are making a difference in the world through compassionate faith and action in their Christian communities. Listen to and read their inspiring stories.

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


Tools

Fund Finder

The Fund Finder is a tool to help you search through a full listing of support offered by churches, denominations, individuals, academic institutions and organizations.

Tags: Students, Young Adults, Diversity, Doctoral Education, Seminary Education, Tools


Books

Future of Christian Learning, The: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue

Evangelicals and Roman Catholics have been responsible for the establishment of many colleges and universities in America. Until recently, however, they have taken very different approaches to the subject of education and have viewed one another’s traditions with suspicion.In this volume, Mark Noll and James Turner offer critical but appreciative reassessments of the two traditions. Noll, writing from an evangelical perspective, and Turner, from a Roman Catholic perspective, consider the respective strengths and weaknesses of each approach and what they might learn from the other. The authors then provide brief responses to each other’s essays. Thoughtful readers from both traditions will find insightful and challenging ideas regarding the importance of Christian learning and the role of faith in the modern college or university.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Theological Institutions, Diversity, Seminary Education, Books


Books

Getting a Life: How to Find Your True Vocation

A young woman shares her stories of how God and the people around you can help you find your true vocation.

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Books

Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament

This is a book about getting, and staying, involved with God-what it takes, what it costs, what it looks and feels like, and why anyone would want to do it anyway.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Faith-based Volunteer, High School Ministry, Students, Young Adults, Vocational Discernment, Books


Curriculum

Glossary of Terms

Definitions for vocation and discernment from the Episcopal church.

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Books

God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life (Focal Point Series)

Veith, a cultural expert, emphasizes that vocation is not what we should do specifically with our time and careers but what God does in and through our callings.

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