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.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Theological Institutions, Doctoral Education, Pastoral Ministry, Seminary Education, Service, Activism & Volunteerism, Vocational Discernment, Video


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 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.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Students, Young Adults, Pastoral Ministry, Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Articles / Whitepapers


Books

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


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.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, Students, Young Adults, Seminary Education, Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Books



Articles / Whitepapers

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


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.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, Students, Pastoral Ministry, Service, Activism & Volunteerism, Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Books



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.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, Students, Young Adults, Pastoral Ministry, Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Books



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.

Tags: Theological Institutions, Doctoral Education, Seminary Education, Vocational Discernment, Books


Books

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

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




Books

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


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.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, Students, Young Adults, Pastoral Ministry, Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Books


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.

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




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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Curriculum

Christian Spirituality

This course will be based on a variety of learning strategies intended to stimulate, challenge, and transform students, as the Holy Spirit guides us. First, students will wrestle with great texts: Scripture, Foster’s Celebration of Discipline, and primary sources from the history of spirituality. Second, students will practice the ancient discipline of lectio divina—sacred reading—as they study these texts. Third, students will reflection upon and apply what they are studying to their lives. This course, in short, will be more than merely academic, although it will be that, too. It will be transformational.

Tags: Campus Ministry, Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Curriculum



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.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Pastoral Ministry, Vocational Discernment, Tools


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



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

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

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.

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



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


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.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, Students, Young Adults, Seminary Education, Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Books


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.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, Students, Young Adults, Seminary Education, Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Books


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.”

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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.

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


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.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Pastoral Ministry, Spirituality, Vocational Discernment, Books