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 FeaturedFuel 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.
Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Theological Institutions, Doctoral Education, Pastoral Ministry, Seminary Education, Service, Activism & Volunteerism, Vocational Discernment, Video
Articles / Whitepapers FeaturedSeven 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?
Tools5 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.
BooksA 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.
Articles / WhitepapersActive 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.
ToolsAmerican 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.
ToolsAmerican 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.
BooksAt 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.
Articles / WhitepapersAuburn: 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.
Articles / WhitepapersAuburn: 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.
BooksBlack 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.
AudioCalling Cast Podcast Series
A podcast to support future pastors, those who teach them, and the communities who call them.
Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Theological Institutions, Young Adults, Doctoral Education, Leadership Development, Pastoral Ministry, Seminary Education, Service, Activism & Volunteerism
CurriculumCenter 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.
Articles / WhitepapersCoalition 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.
Articles / WhitepapersDoctoral 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.
BlogsFaith and Leadership
The Faith and Leadership site produced by Duke Divinity School offers reflections, resources, sermons and blog posts.
BooksFerguson 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.
Articles / WhitepapersFTE 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.
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.
BooksFuture 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.
ToolsHartford Institute for Religion Research
Hartford Seminary’s Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a 32 year record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning. This record has earned the Institute an international reputation as an important bridge between the scholarly community and the practice of faith.
Articles / WhitepapersLeading 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.
ToolsLilly Endowment, Inc: Religion
In recent years, Lilly Endowment’s religion grant making has been focused on major, interlocking efforts aimed at enhancing and sustaining the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes. The Endowment has focused on supporting programs and projects that address four broad questions: How do we identify, recruit and call forth a new generation of talented Christian pastors? How do we best prepare and train new ministers for effective and faithful pastoral leadership? How do we improve the skills and sustain the excellence of pastors currently serving congregations? What are basic questions about the current state of the practice of ministry that we need to answer to improve the quality of ministry?
ToolsLilly Theological Research Grants
The Lilly Theological Research Grants program, inaugurated in 1996 and revised in 2001, is designed to enhance the skill and capacity of faculty in ATS schools as theological researchers and scholars. It supports research efforts of faculty, particularly at junior and non-tenured levels in order to nurture the development of their scholarship; seeks to enlarge the pool of faculty actively engaged as theological researchers; works to increase knowledge about grant seeking and the craft of theological research; and nurtures the habit of research as an ongoing aspect of scholarly life.
VideoLove God, Love Neighbor
An open invitation for a new generation of leaders to hold the church accountable by becoming a part of it.
ToolsNational Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
An independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of more than 25,000 graduate students, post-docs and faculty members dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.
Articles / WhitepapersNational Study of Youth and Religion
The project is designed to enhance our understanding of the religious lives of American youth from adolescence into young adulthood, using telephone survey and in-depth interview methods. What follows is a more detailed description of the goals and design of the National Study of Youth and Religion.
On Being, is a public radio program about religion, spirituality and large questions of meaning in every aspect of life.
ToolsResources for American Christianity
Information related to Lilly Endowment’s grantmaking in Religion. (There is also a page detailing all the grant possibilities funded through Lilly Endowment.)
Articles / WhitepapersReview of Literature & Resources: The Cultivation of Scholars of Color in Theological Education
An FTE report providing an extensive overview and analysis of available statistical data, relevant research, and program resources related to the cultivation of scholars of color in theological education. It is intended as a resource for leaders in the field grappling with the issue of diversity amidst the complex challenges of North American theological education in the 21st century.
ToolsThe Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Our grant making philosophy is to build, strengthen and sustain institutions and their core capacities, rather than be a source for narrowly defined projects. As such, we develop thoughtful, long-term collaborations with grant recipients and invest sufficient funds for an extended period to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful results.
Articles / WhitepapersThe Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)
The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was directed at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and data collection have both expanded greatly since 1998 to include American and international collections, as well as developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations and researchers.
ToolsThe Association of Theological Schools
The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of more than 250 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The Commission on Accrediting of ATS accredits the schools and approves the degree programs they offer.
Articles / WhitepapersThe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Clergy Education Study
The Carnegie Foundation has recently completed a study of the academic preparation of Protestant, Catholic and Jewish clergy. Through intensive documentation of a cross-section of theological schools, the study sought to understand, broadly, how theological education fosters the development of a pastoral imagination that has the capacity to integrate professional knowledge and skills with moral integrity and religious commitment.
ToolsThe Ford Foundation: Grants
The vast majority of Ford Foundation grants go to organizations. Individuals may apply for fellowships for advanced degrees in areas of interest to the foundation. Universities and other organizations select grant recipients.
ToolsThe Louisville Institute
The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions. The fundamental mission of the Louisville Institute is to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the other.
BooksThe Meaning of Vocation
This compact compendium collects the Pope’s remarks on God’s call, clarifying how and when God calls, and speaking to parents about their children’s vocations.
CurriculumThe Society of Biblical Literature
The mission of the Society of biblical Literature is to foster biblical scholarship in a simple, comprehensive statement. Our vision is to offer members opportunities for mutual support, intellectual growth and professional development.
Articles / WhitepapersThe Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
The Wabash Center supports teachers of religion and theology in higher education through meetings and workshops, grants, a journal and other resources to make accessible the scholarship of teaching and learning. All Wabash Center programs are funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.
Articles / WhitepapersTime to Choose, Time to Change: A Report on the 2013 FTE Consultation on Doctoral Theological Educat
An account from a gathering of 36 leaders of theological schools, professional societies, mentoring programs and related organizations who met to consult on doctoral theological education. Focused on the cultivation of scholars of color, this meeting addressed key issues facing the field of graduate theological education and a treatment of salient themes in conversation with available literature and data.
Articles / WhitepapersTips for Writing the Personal Statement
An FTE resource for students considering or pursuing a PhD in religion, theology or biblical studies, which includes tools for the journey through graduate school into the vocation of teaching.