Equipping Vocational Discovery

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.

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Time to Choose, Time to Change: A Report on the 2013 FTE Consultation on Doctoral Theological Educat

An account from a gathering of 36 leaders of theological schools, professional societies, mentoring programs and related organizations who met to consult on doctoral theological education. Focused on the cultivation of scholars of color, this meeting addressed key issues facing the field of graduate theological education and a treatment of salient themes in conversation with available literature and data.

Tags: Theological Institutions, Students, Diversity, Doctoral Education, Articles / Whitepapers

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Tips for Writing the Personal Statement

An FTE resource for students considering or pursuing a PhD in religion, theology or biblical studies, which includes tools for the journey through graduate school into the vocation of teaching.

Tags: Theological Institutions, Students, Doctoral Education, Articles / Whitepapers


Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

Velvet Elvis is the first book from Rob Bell, the New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins. Selected as one of 2011’s most influential people by Time Magazine, pastor Bell offers original and refreshingly personal perspectives on what Christianity is truly all about in Velvet Elvis. A vibrant voice for a new generation of Christians—the most recognizable Christian leader among young adults—Rob Bell inspires readers to take a fresh look at traditional questions of faith.

Tags: Congregations & Church Related Organizations, Faith-based Volunteer, Theological Institutions, Students, Young Adults, Spirituality, Books


Vocation Across the Academy

Although the language of vocation was born in a religious context, the contributors in this volume demonstrate that it has now taken root within the broad framework of higher education and has become intertwined with a wide range of concerns. This volume makes a compelling case for vocational reflection and discernment in undergraduate education today, arguing that it will encourage faculty and students alike to venture out of their narrow disciplinary specializations and to reflect on larger questions of meaning and purpose.

Tags: High School Ministry, Theological Institutions, Leadership Development, Vocational Discernment, Books