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 / WhitepapersFTE 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.
VideoFuel 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
VideoVocation 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.
VideoVocation 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.
Articles / WhitepapersA 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.
BooksA 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.
BooksA 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.
BooksA Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders
A Southern Baptist leader looks at the lives of biblical leaders for six factors shaping leaders’ hearts.
BooksAddicted 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.
BooksAnswering 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.
BooksAs Leaven in the World: Catholic Perspectives on Faith, Vocation, and the Intellectual Life
Illuminating essays by well-known American Catholic intellectuals about the interaction of faith and work.
BooksAwakened 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.
BooksBecoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints (Christian Class
How becoming who you are, the person God created, is the path to happiness, peace of mind, and sanctity.
BooksBeing Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire
Positive and inspiring vision of how the body of Christ can engage in economic alternatives.
BooksBreathing 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.
BooksCalling & 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.
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
BooksCallings: Twenty Centuries Of Christian Wisdom On Vocation
An incredible anthology of passages about work and vocation from the greatest writers in Christian history.
BooksChrist At Work: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Vocation
Theologians from Eastern and Orthodox traditions write on the topic of vocation.
BooksCivil Disobedience and Other Essays (Dover Thrift Editions)
Thoreau lived counter-culturally in another era. His works may inspire modern examples.
ToolsCongregational 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.
BooksCrossing 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.
BooksEnhancing Religious Identity: Best Practices from Catholic Campuses
Essays that develop the Vatican’s vision of ethical higher education.
BooksFollowing Christ in a Consumer Society: The Spirituality of Cultural Resistance
Kavanaugh is a perennial bestseller and reminds us that the countercultural message of the Gospel’s values makes us human.
BooksForgetting 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.
BooksFreedom of a Christian, The: Grace, Vocation, and the Meaning of Our Humanity
A book that explores how Christian Freedom applies to such issues as vocation and biotechnology.
Articles / WhitepapersFTE 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)
Articles / WhitepapersFTE 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.
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.
BooksGetting 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.
BooksGod 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.
BooksGod 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.”
BooksGod 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.
BooksGod’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.
BooksGreenhouses 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.
BooksHoly Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose
Dr. Jones is an adjunct professor at Andover-Newton Theological School and a popular 2008 Boston VEV presenter.
BooksHow 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.
BooksI Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion
This charismatic teacher and thinker invites readers to follow their passion.
BooksIn Good Company: The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience
The story of one man’s remarkable journey from corporate America to the Jesuit order.
BooksIs It I, Lord?: Discerning God’s Call to Be a Pastor
Chatham, a Presbyterian pastor and popular preacher, address the question, “Is God calling you to be a pastor?”
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.
BooksLeading Lives That Matter
Leading Lives That Matter draws together a wide range of texts—including fiction, autobiography, and philosophy—offering challenge and insight to those who are thinking about what to do with their lives. Instead of giving prescriptive advice, Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass approach the subject of vocation as an ongoing conversation. They include in this conversation some of the Western tradition’s best writings on human life—its meaning, purpose, and significance—ranging from ancient Greek poetry to contemporary fiction. Including Leo Tolstoy’s novella The Death of Ivan Ilych as an extended epilogue, this volume will help readers clarify and deepen how they think about their own lives.
BooksLearning 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.