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Nurturing the Next Generation of Scholars

Teaching is a calling; it needs to be taken very seriously. And the voices we hear have to reflect the multiculturalism of our society. The Forum for Theological Exploration seeks... read more >

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Lerone Martin Discusses the Forum for Theological Exploration Scholar Support

Doctoral student Lerone Martin outlines the pivotal role the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) has played in allowing him to respond to God’s call to the vocation of religion scholar.... read more >

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Vocation – A Conversation with Frederick Buechner

Christian writer and theologian Frederick Buechner discusses the difference between making a living and pursuing a vocation. In this 5:09 minute interview by the Forum for Theological Exploration, Buechner reflects... read more >

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Communities of Call – Relationship and Responsibility

God’s Call is through community; communities and leaders are called to set people free to capture a sense of Jesus’ life and God’s concern for the world. In this 2:21... read more >

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Competing Voices – Helping Youth Choose to Serve

In the midst of all the competing voices that bombard young people, how do they hear God’s quiet call to a church vocation? The Forum for Theological Exploration offers several videos... read more >

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The Church’s Future – Affirming and Nurturing Gifts

Churches are compelled to find the most talented next generation of leaders. This is holy work, and congregations are called to challenge young people to see the opportunity, and then... read more >

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The Call – a Community Operation

Young people ask questions about ultimate meaning and their life calling. Because churches address those questions, they are a key place for young adults to hear God’s call, and to... read more >

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Spotting New Church Leaders

A brief video provided by the Forum for Theological Exploration highlights seminarians and clergy reflecting on the diverse ways they first heard God’s call. It includes a brief reflection by... read more >

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Why Cultivate Cultures of Call

In every generation, congregations have produced church pastors and leaders from men and women who grew up in their midst. Also, some congregations have unknowingly discouraged potential church leaders. In... read more >

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Supporting Ministry and Vocation

Christian congregations interested in encouraging students and young adults to explore careers in Christian vocations can find ideas, partnership guidelines, and information on matching fellowship programs, on the Forum for... read more >

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