Community of Practice Cohort Application Guidelines

Who?

Organizations that work with a critical mass of 25 or more young adults at the intersection of vocation and exploration of ministry, who have been invited to apply and who have had a conversation with FTE staff about this opportunity. 


What?

FTE's Community of Practice Cohort is a two-year journey of action and reflection with an emerging network of Christian institutions committed to accompanying young adults in vocational exploration and discernment for ministry. Participating institutions will engage the following organizing question: How might Christian institutions create the conditions where diverse, young adults can explore and pursue their passions, purpose, and calling to make a difference in the world through Christian ministry?

FTE will select up to ten organizations to participate in its inaugural Community of Practice cohort of the vocational network.

Goals of the Community of Practice are as follows:

  • To cultivate member organization leaders’ vocational imagination, discernment practices and curriculum with regard to the interest, capacity, and needs of young adults to explore ministry as a viable way to make a difference in the world.
  • To build and/or strengthen the capacity of organizations and their leaders to innovate and experiment with different ways to accompany young adults in their exploration and discernment for ministry.
  • To establish a community of learning among peers engaged in vocation initiatives with young adults, sharing ideas and developing vocational resources and tools.

When?

The application deadline to become a member of the cohort is January 31, 2020, and notifications will go out March 1

All Member Organizations Receive:

  • An intimate peer community of learning, support, exchange of ideas, wrestling together with similar questions about accompanying young adults in vocational exploration and discernment.
  • Access to exclusive member-only grants (up to $40,000 over the course of two years) to innovate, experiment, build capacity and accompany young adults in vocation exploration and discernment . 
  • All costs covered to participate in FTE’s Christian Leadership Forum.
  • Opportunities to participate at a discounted rated in FTE’s Co-CREATE: The FTE Way of Facilitation 
  • Dedicated time to develop, share and access vocational resources, tools and curriculum, with coaching and expertise from FTE staff and partners.
  • Participation in a national research project on vocational discernment with young adults

YEAR 1

  • February 1, 2020: Applications to participate in the cohort are due 
  • March 1, 2020: Notification of Acceptance 
  • March 15, 2020: Participation fee of $250 due to secure spot
  • May 27-30, 2020: Community of Practice Cohort will be invited to participate at no cost in the Christian Leadership Forum in Atlanta
  • Summer/Fall 2020: Cohort meetings via Zoom; begin work on grant proposals
  • September 2020: Opportunity to participate in Co-CREATE: FTE’s Way of Facilitation, at a reduced cost
  • December 1, 2020: Initial Grant Proposals Due

YEAR 2

  • February 1, 2021: Initial Grants Awarded 
  • March 15, 2021: Second payment of $250 due to continue participation
  • June 2-5, 2021: Cohort gathering at the Christian Leadership Forum in Atlanta at no additional cost. 
  • Spring, Summer, Fall 2021: Coaching around project implementation, Zoom conferences to share learnings
  • September 2021:  Opportunity to participate in Co-CREATE: FTE’s Way of Facilitation, at a reduced cost
  • December 1, 2021: Second Grant Proposals Due

YEAR 3

  • February 1, 2022: Second Grants Awarded
  • May 2022: Final Cohort gathering at the Christian Leadership Forum to report on grants and share resources 

How?

Your organization must be invited to apply for this opportunity and should have had a conversation with FTE staff before applying. Please note the application form will also request current financial information about your organization (2018 Audit or Annual report with Budget & Actuals for a full year.)

FTE will evaluate applications using the following criteria. Organizations should:

  • Have been invited to apply and have had a conversation with FTE staff.
  • Be working with a critical mass of 25 or more young adults at the intersection of vocation and exploration of ministry and service. 
  • Demonstrate a capacity for learning and the ability to contribute to a learning community.
  • Demonstrate organizational candor and self-awareness.
  • Articulate a working definition of vocation.
  • Have a leader in their current role for at least one year.
  • Be responsible for and/or oversee a budget for young adult programming.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to addressing barriers to diverse, inclusive and equitable approaches to vocational discernment.
  • Have two staff people able to commit to the full arc of engagement as outlined above. Note, the organization must commit to the full two-year arc. Ideally, at least one person would be consistent in the commitment.  
  • Have concluded and reported on any previous FTE grants by January 1, 2021. 

Community of Practice Cohort Contact Information

If you have questions or want to explore this opportunity please contact Darlene Hutto.