Young adults need active communal support as they discern meaning, purpose, and God's call in their lives. FTE provides cohort-based Discernment Labs for leaders who accompany young adults in their vocational exploration of Christian ministry. This opportunity is centered on faith leaders who are interested in learning, experimenting, and innovating together in a peer learning experience to strengthen how they journey with and support young adults in discernment.
Applications are now open for two new Discernment Lab cohorts beginning spring 2024. These two cohorts will gather over the course of a year and are for leaders in denominational and congregational settings. Accepted participants will have access to an online community of support, grants up to $12,000, and FTE’s practices for discernment. In addition to virtual gatherings, FTE will host two retreats where participants can exchange ideas and collaborate in person.
A community of peers to explore questions about accompanying discerning young adults
All participation expenses paid (excluding travel)
Access to exclusive grants (up to $12,000)
Coaching from facilitators with 25 years of combined experience
The Denominational Cohort is designed for denominational and judicatory leaders who are responsible for designing or managing young adult vocational programming and/or mentoring young adult candidates seeking ordination.
The Congregational Cohort is designed for leaders who work with young adult ministries. These leaders primarily include professional and lay ministers in traditional and non-traditional worshiping communities.
Applications open August 1 and must be received by October 1.
There are two cohorts who were selected in 2023. The Collegiate Cohort and the Congregational Cohort begin this fall. We also have applications available for the next two cohorts, the Denominational Cohort and the Congregational Cohort, which will begin spring of 2024.
Notices of acceptance will be made by November 1.
In-person retreats will take place at the beautiful Inn at Serenbe, just 30 minutes from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. All expenses will be covered for participants, excluding travel.
FTE will cover all expenses (excluding travel) for both retreats.
You may apply as either an individual or an organizational representative. Both individual leaders and organizational leaders should be interested in: