In this five-week self-paced online course, you will determine whether pursuing a Ph.D. or Th.D. is the right step for you. Through discernment practices, a community of peers, inspiring storytelling, and many other resources, you will have access to the support you need in exploring what it takes to achieve a doctorate. You will also utilize Imagine Ph.D., a career exploration and planning tool that can help you map out career paths and create goals based on your interests and skills for success.
Pre-Gathering Workshop: Igniting the Pen: Unleashing the Power of Storytelling in Youth Theology Programs (Brian Hull and Darlene Hutto)
Join Brian Hull, director of partnerships at Asbury’s Youth Becoming Leaders YTN program, and Darlene Hutto, FTE’s director of community engagement as we harness the power of storytelling and resource sharing to ignite your passion for writing and empower you to articulate the profound impact of your youth theology programs. Through engaging discussions, an interactive session, and hands-on activities, we will guide you on a journey of self-reflection, exploration, and collective growth. This workshop will serve as a platform to showcase the successes and failures of planning, programming, and returning to the work of cultivating young people in a post-pandemic reality. Join us as we collaborate, imagine, and discern a brilliant resource project to share with adjacent constituent groups.
Since 2010, Elsie Barnhart has helped develop and implement resources that support FTE's doctoral community and young adults exploring Christian leadership, pastoral ministry, and teaching. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.
Explore the Course
Brainstorm and reflect on the reasons why you are pursuing a Ph.D.
Explore different programs, institution types, and your finances to identify what program best fits your needs and expectations.
Revisit your plan and map out a healthy, productive, and meaningful doctoral experience before starting your doctoral journey.
Develop a compelling question or project within a specific field to do research that can sustain you for seven years during your study.
Use the learning you acquired during this course to help you prepare and take action toward your next most faithful steps in pursuing a Ph.D.
“ I would highly recommend this course for those considering a Ph.D.! As someone who took this course early on in my discernment, it has given me so much information that I can use as I continue seeking out my path in life. ” Chantal Branker, course alum
FTE also offers a 20% discount to groups of three or more interested in journeying through the course together. This option is especially great for leaders who want to offer their students an online discernment opportunity. To sign up as a group, click the button below and select the number of participants in your group at check out. Once your information is received, we will reach out to you for contact information on each young adult enrolling in the course.
The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities. Since its founding in 1954, FTE has provided resources, events, networks, grants, and fellowships to cultivate tomorrow's leaders, pastors, and theological educators, FTE provides a forum through which gifted, purposeful students, young adults, and partners explore their passion, purpose, and call.
This course is for students of color who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in theological education and want to learn strategies and tools for discerning what program or institution type is right for them.
FTE created this course to provide emerging scholars of color with salient insights and support from FTE's network, a space for independent and collaborative exploration as they consider pursuing a Ph.D.
Upon completion, you will join FTE's network of alumni, including pastors, professors, deans, presidents of organizations, civil servants, and non-profit leaders who lead their communities, congregations, and society. Additionally, participants will also have access to the resources to continue their vocational pursuits.
This course is self-paced, you will have 5 weeks to complete the course from your start date.
Yes, if you meet the requirements set forth in the course you will receive a certificate that you can post to you Linked profile and download to share.
Yes, NovoEd have a mobile app, you can access the course anytime and anywhere you want.