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.
BooksCivil Disobedience and Other Essays (Dover Thrift Editions)
Thoreau lived counter-culturally in another era. His works may inspire modern examples.
Articles / WhitepapersCoalition on the Academic Workforce
A 2010 survey by the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) that studies the courses faculty members were teaching, where they were teaching and for what pay and benefits.
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.
BooksContemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus (Youth Specialties)
Yaconelli is co-founder and director of Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project. This is a “how to” for creating meaningful silence and contemplative activities to recognize the presence of Jesus.
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.
BooksDakota: A Spiritual Geography (Dakotas)
Maps the cultural/spiritual life of the High Plains. Norris is a best-selling author, poet, feminist, theological conservative and Benedictine oblate.
BooksDante to Dead Man Walking: One Reader’s Journey Through the Christian Classics
Fifty works from the Old Testament to contemporary works that challenge the social conscience and raise religious issues in a provocative way.
Day1 is the voice of the mainline Protestant churches, presenting outstanding preachers from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church and other denominations. This website features an extensive library of lectionary-based sermons in text and audio and other helpful information for lay persons and pastors.
BooksDesert Hearts, Healing Fountains: Gaining Pastoral Vocational Clarity
This books helps pastors, novice and seasoned, to find the vocational refreshment and nourishing sources to understand their pastoral call with a clarity that remains compelling and empowering throughout their ministry.
Articles / WhitepapersDoctoral Fact Sheet
Over the past 15 years,FTE worked alongside partner institutions to support students of color pursuing Ph.D.s in religion, theology and biblical studies. FTE Doctoral Fellows and Alumni have become leaders within the academy and have diversified the voices of religious scholars who are making an impact in the communities they serve.
BooksDoing Girlfriend Theology: God-Talk with Young Women
Girlfriend Theology is a model of religious education that helps nurture voice and authentic spirituality in girls and women. It is one way for the spiritual hunger, passion, and curiosity of today’s adolescent girls to connect with the beliefs and practices of the generations of faithful women who came before them. It provides a healthy faith-based antidote to the dangers many girls face as they approach adulthood.
BooksEnhancing Religious Identity: Best Practices from Catholic Campuses
Essays that develop the Vatican’s vision of ethical higher education.
CurriculumExploring Vocation through Former Volunteer Retreats
Years of anecdotal evidence, together with responses from a 2015 survey of over 800 former Jesuit Volunteers (FJVs), tell us that alumni of faith-based volunteer service programs strongly desire retreat opportunities. This curriculum serves as a resource to those interested in planning vocational discernment retreats for former volunteers.
BlogsFaith and Leadership
The Faith and Leadership site produced by Duke Divinity School offers reflections, resources, sermons and blog posts.
BooksFaith in Leadership : How Leaders Live Out Their Faith in Their Work-And Why It Matters
A collection of essays from a wide spectrum of Christian traditions about how personal convictions relate to public responsibilities.
Articles / WhitepapersFaithful to the Call: Reflections on Excellence in Ministry
The FTE report “Faithful to the Call” is a summary of four regional consultations that took place from 2002-2005. Ministers and lay leaders were invited to discuss excellence in ministry – specifically, what it looks like and what gets in its way. A wide range of stories, theories and anecdotes from those working in ministry on a daily basis are included.
BooksFerguson and Faith
The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, reignited a long-smoldering movement for justice, with many St. Louis-area clergy stepping up to support the emerging young leaders of today’s Civil Rights Movement. Seminary professor Leah Gunning Francis was among the activists, and her interviews with more than two dozen faith leaders and with the new movement’s organizers take us behind the scenes of the continuing protests. Ferguson and Faith demonstrates that being called to lead a faithful life can take us to places we never expected to go, with people who never expected us to join hands with them.
BlogsFinding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices (Ancient Practices Series)
Part of the Ancient Practices Series edited by Phyllis Tickle, emerging church leader McLaren gives a guide for ancient practices to help experience God in new and fresh ways.
CurriculumFinding Your Calling: The Renaissance Within
As English theologian William Perkins explained, “every person of every degree, state, sex, or condition, without exception must have some personal and particular calling.” Because Renaissance men and women expected to discover their callings, in remarkable ways, they found them. Their vocations illuminated their lives as they combined ideals and action into unprecedented creative contributions to science, religion, politics, and the arts.
BooksFollow Me to Freedom: Leading As an Ordinary Radical
Perkins has been a leader in economic development and empowerment as part of the mission of the church, a theme very close to the hearts of volunteers.
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 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.
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.
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.
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BooksFuture of Christian Learning, The: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue
Evangelicals and Roman Catholics have been responsible for the establishment of many colleges and universities in America. Until recently, however, they have taken very different approaches to the subject of education and have viewed one another’s traditions with suspicion.In this volume, Mark Noll and James Turner offer critical but appreciative reassessments of the two traditions. Noll, writing from an evangelical perspective, and Turner, from a Roman Catholic perspective, consider the respective strengths and weaknesses of each approach and what they might learn from the other. The authors then provide brief responses to each other’s essays. Thoughtful readers from both traditions will find insightful and challenging ideas regarding the importance of Christian learning and the role of faith in the modern college or university.
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.
BooksGetting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament
This is a book about getting, and staying, involved with God-what it takes, what it costs, what it looks and feels like, and why anyone would want to do it anyway.