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.


Books

The Scope of our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher

A diverse group of theological teachers explore the spiritual dimensions of their vocation as religious educators.

Tags: Campus Ministry, High School Ministry, Vocational Discernment, Books


Articles / Whitepapers

The Thoughtful Christian

The Thoughtful Christian is an online marketplace of digital and print resources perfect for Sunday school classes, Bible study groups or individual reflection.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Congregations & Church Related Organizations, High School Ministry, Students, Young Adults, Doctoral Education, Pastoral Ministry, Seminary Education


Curriculum

The Way of Compassion: Theological Reflection on Vocation

This course explores the various meanings of the term, but typically with the normative idea that “vocation” designates the kind of life one ought to live. The course title suggests a connection between compassion and vocation, and during the course we shall test the thesis that compassion is an essential element of vocation. The course will give primary but not exclusive attention to Christian traditions.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Seminary Education, Service, Activism & Volunteerism, Vocational Discernment, Curriculum


Books

The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making

Leibert is a Roman Catholic nun, currently the dean of a Presbyterian seminary. Uses Ignatius of Loyola, Edwards, Buechner and Merton to show that discernment is a spiritual gift and acquired habit. Provides exercises for discernment.

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


Curriculum

Theology of Ministry

Theology of Ministry is intended to be the capstone course for the Certification in Ministry program. The class provides students with an opportunity to think about ministry in light of their internships, life experiences, reading and study, and classroom discussion. The class meets in the home of a professor helps to create a more informal atmosphere, which serves to enrich relationships and stimulate honest interaction. This class, in other words, gives students a chance to think through their own philosophy of ministry. It will set a trajectory for how they will function in positions of ministry they might someday have.

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


Books

Travelers on the Journey (Pulpit and Pew)

An accounting of the experiences of six pastors (Protestant, Catholic and non-denominational) in the American South who have worked on issues facing their communities with innovation.

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


Books

Vintage Saints and Sinners: 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith

Saints are people too. The word saint conjures up images of superstar Christians revered for their spectacular acts and otherworldly piety. But when we take a closer look at the lives of these spiritual heavyweights, we learn that they also experienced struggle, doubt, and heartache. In fact, we learn that in many ways they’re not all that different from you and me. Narrating her own winding pilgrimage through faith, Karen Marsh reveals surprising lessons in everyday spirituality from these “saints”―folks who lived and breathed, and failed and followed God. Told with humor and vulnerability, Vintage Saints and Sinners introduces us afresh to twenty-five brothers and sisters who challenge and inspire us with their honest faith. Join Karen on her journey with the likes of Augustine, Brother Lawrence, and Saint Francis, as well as Amanda Berry Smith, Søren Kierkegaard, Dorothy Day, Howard Thurman, Flannery O’Conner, and many more. Let their lives and their wisdom be an invitation to authentic life in Christ.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Leadership Development, Vocational Discernment, Books


Video

Vocation 101: What Do You Mean by Vocation?

Vocation 101: What Do You Mean by Vocation? Inspired by Volunteers Exploring Vocation, an initiative of The Fund for Theological Education. Animation by Josh Peters @ Contusion Creative. Music by Haddon Givens Kime. Executive Produced by FTE. Produced by Kimberly Daniel. Directed by Melissa Wiginton.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, High School Ministry, Students, Young Adults, Vocational Discernment, Video


Video

Vocation 201: How Do I Discover My Vocation?

You were created for a purpose. But how do you discover what it is you were created to do with your life? Watch our Vocation 201 video to help you begin to explore your place in God’s story.

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


Curriculum

Vocation: Discernment, Decision-making

Questions driving this seminar are: What are your strengths, gifts and concerns? What current socio-historical realities may impact our choice of work? How do those realities interact with individual sense of calling? How do your strengths and interests mesh with opportunities and needs in today’s world? How do we understand and discern God’s will? How does one make decisions with confidence? How might we understand calling in terms of spiritual giftedness, psychological strengths and individual concerns?

Tags: Campus Ministry, Service, Activism & Volunteerism, Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Curriculum


Video

What Can the Church Be to the World with Your Leadership?

Are you in the midst of exploring what to do with your one precious life? Is the church a place to live out your call? Watch this video and learn what the church can be to the world with your leadership.

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



Women in Leadership

This seminar course is designed for female students in the leadership track as a professional development opportunity. A strengths based approach is utilized to assist students in developing their leadership skills in their chosen field of study. Students have the opportunity to identify their strengths, study characteristics of women leaders from various fields, and study characteristics of biblical women leaders. The course will include discussion, group activity, lecture, and guest speakers. At the conclusion of the course students will identify goals for intentional development of personal strengths in their chosen vocation

Tags: Campus Ministry, Diversity, Vocational Discernment


Curriculum

Women, Work, and Calling in the Organized Church

This course examines how the arrangement of women’s work and calling is structured by the broader social, geographical, racial, gendered, and economic context in which churches operate. We begin by examining gender concepts, feminist theories, and varying definitions of vocation. The course is then organized around three women’s stories—two autobiographical (Dorothy Day and Heidi Neumark) and one fictional (Janie Crawford)—interspersed with articles and essays. We conclude by investigating two contemporary controversies—lesbianism and the church, and the sacred feminine. Throughout, we discuss structural barriers to vocational fulfillment and strategies to work towards a more just and equitable society as well as how issues raised by our three central women’s stories impact our own reflection on vocation and work.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Diversity, Vocational Discernment, Curriculum