FTE 2020 IMPACT REPORT
They care about ways in which a society marginalizes others.
They embrace the tension that comes with doing things differently.
They give themselves the freedom to fail.
They have the ability to carry something through to the end.
They can read the signs of the times.
A visionary leader is one who dreams and imagines a different future. One who uses their gifts and calling to give shape to a moment in time. One who brings fresh hope to a broken world. One whose focus is on seeing their visions come to life for the sake of the common good.
This year, more than ever, we need these leaders. In the midst of a global pandemic, we need hope and healing. At the height of a political reckoning, we need clarity and kindness. As communities rally against racial injustice, we need better systems and strong voices to carry on.
to explore vocation and purpose in uncertain times.
to strengthen programs for high school youth.
to discover processes for vocational discernment with doctoral students of color and young adults.
to network, explore their scholarship with mentors, and build a community of support with one another.
for a writing and soul check-in during a 14-day writing challenge.
to develop a business for social impact.
by providing spiritual direction to aid in discerning their purpose, passion, and call.
through coaching to build their capacity to empower young adults searching for meaning and purpose.
who experienced coaching, mentoring, and access to writing and research resources to support their studies.
to embrace practices to live and lead change on purpose on the Another Way book tour.
These resources were created to educate and encourage the visionary leaders in our network. From online courses and podcasts to videos and books, this diverse library of resources supports the current work and future visions of ministers, teachers, and community leaders.
In this video, five faith leaders—Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Rev. Kelly Chatman, Rev. Zach Kerzee, Rev. Tyler Sit, and Rev. Becca Stevens—share what visionary leadership means in their context.
Dr. Delgado defines what visionary leadership means to her and how imagination and creativity helps bring theological expression to life.
An FTE Alumnae who connected with FTE as a student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Rev. Jennifer Bailey is passionate about having one foot in the church and one foot in the community. Faith Matters Network emerged from her passion, commitment, and vision.
Rev. Tyler Sit is an FTE Alumnus and pastor who, as a student at Candler School of Theology, was interested in connecting his faith to environmental justice. Rev. Sit’s interest, vision, and vocational journey led him to plant New City Church in Minneapolis.
Rev. Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest and social entrepreneur whose vision grew into a social enterprise that offers healing and hope to female survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.
As former pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Minneapolis, Rev. Kelly Chatman was faced with a pivotal moment in leadership. His church found itself left with two choices: close its doors or do things differently to meet the needs of the community.
Rev. Zach Kerzee is a pastor who started Simple Church Grafton—a church without a building, a collection plate, or a Sunday service. His vision for this church was born out of these visionary leadership questions: “What would it look like to do church in a simple way? What if churches spent less money on their buildings and more time being active in their communities?”
A book that describes a much-needed new way of leading in the 21st Century that is centered on four key practices.
A field guide that offers the framework and practices to accompany others discerning how to lead lives of meaning and purpose.
A publication that highlights 30 essays of doctoral mentees and FTE mentoring practices.
A resource for church and faith leaders that provides mentoring stories and practices for accompanying young adults.
Bishop Yvette Flunder
Rev. Gail Song Bantum
FTE President Stephen Lewis and FTE Senior Fellow Dori Baker
FTE Senior Director of Learning Design Patrick B. Reyes
FTE President Stephen Lewis, Former FTE Vice President Matthew Wesley Williams, and FTE Senior Fellow Dori Baker, featuring:
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier
An online course to help young adults discern the next most faithful step in their call.
An online course to help doctoral students explore theological education and who they are called to be within and beyond the academy.
FTE is primarily funded through foundational grants, investment income from those grants, and contributions from the FTE community.
Your gifts make educating, equipping, and supporting the hundreds of visionary leaders in our network possible. Your commitment to them is a commitment to the vision of all the pastors, healers, teachers, and students working to create lasting change in our world.