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

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: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Students, Young Adults, Seminary Education, Vocational Discernment, Articles / Whitepapers, Books


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


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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Books

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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Books

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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Books

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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Books

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.

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Books

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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Books

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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Books

Callings: Twenty Centuries Of Christian Wisdom On Vocation

An incredible anthology of passages about work and vocation from the greatest writers in Christian history.

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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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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

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.

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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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Blogs

FTE Blog

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

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


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 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: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, 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


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.

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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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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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Books

God Moments: Why Faith Really Matters to a New Generation

A member of Generation X writes about the “puzzling and unorthodox” generation that has a “passion for the sacred.”

Tags: Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Books


Books

God Underneath: Spiritual Memoirs of a Catholic Priest

This is a memoir by a Roman Catholic priest who believes “spirituality is the very stuff of our lives,” and demonstrates that belief with stories from his life and ministry.

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Books

God’s Yes Was Louder Than My No: Rethinking the African-American Call to Ministry

An outstanding study of the call to ordained ministry among African-American clergy through a collection of writings about vocation by popular, secular authors.

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Books

Greenhouses of Hope

Congregations play a major role in creating communities that support emerging Christian leaders who want to change the world. Authored by Dori Baker and six contributors, Greenhouses of Hope explores the cultures and practices of congregations that inspire young people to explore their vocation and the call to ministry.

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Books

How to Find Your Mission in Life

The author of What Color is Your Parachute, uses wit and wisdom to explore the spiritual aspects of finding one’s place in the work world.

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Curriculum

KLESIS

This adult curriculum of Christian formation helps participants transform from outsiders wondering how to connect with the church, to people covenanting together to discern and act on their calling, both individually and in community. John de Beer and Sarah Dylan Breuer created this curriculum. Click here for more information.

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Books

Learning the Language of the Fields: Tilling and Keeping as Christian Vocation

This piece marries Christian theology and spiritual discipline with Native American mythology and organic gardening to deepen our engagement with the places in which we live.

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Books

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

This popular college text has done much to define and shape discussion about vocation among young people.

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Books

Listen! God Is Calling!: Luther Speaks of Vocation, Faith, and Work (Lutheran Voices)

Bennethum uses Luther’s understanding of vocation to help believers find deeper meaning in their ordinary daily labors and communities of faith to support their members at work.

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Listening For God: A Ministers Journey Through Silence And Doubt

Weems, an ordained Methodist minister, gives an honest portrayal of her own “spiritual breakdown” and an honest assessment of her love affair with God.

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Books

Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life

The authors host the most visited Christian career center on the internet, offers an action plan for self-fulfillment that helps people find their true calling in life.

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