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The Ministry of Mentoring

Mentoring is a form of friendship in which the mentor acts as companion and supports the protege in developing an authentic self. Christian mentors assist a protege in being Christ-like,... read more >

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Helping Theology Students Understand Their "Calling"

While college students are interested in discovering a career, they also search for meaning. The Program for the Theological Exploration of Vocation helps church-related colleges and universities engage students in... read more >

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Reflections on Pastoral Work and Pastoral Needs

A pastor’s work is not easy, and many clergy are ambivalent about their vocation. Some of the key issues that make life difficult for clergy are low pay scales, diminished... read more >

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The Deeply Satisfying & Frustrating Vocation of Ministry

The pastoral vocation is deeply satisfying for the vast majority of practicing clergy. Yet, those same clergy express a deep sense of frustration in their efforts to reach people with... read more >

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Racial/Ethnic Resources for Theological Schools

The Association of Theological Schools Committee on Race and Ethnicity in Theological Education addresses both the concerns of racial/ethnic persons in theological education and institutional practices. It offers programs for... read more >

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Help for new pastors entering ministry

The Lilly Endowment supported a multi-denominational program to bring clergy, churches, schools and students into a coordinated mentoring program to help new clergy transition into full-time ministry.  In the article, "Transition... read more >

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Christian Practices Philosophy and Pedagogy

A life of faith is formed by how people choose to conduct themselves. This essay explores the philosophy of Christian practices, the practice of engaging Christian virtues as a way... read more >

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Search for scholarships, student funding

This comprehensive source of financial assistance for undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral studies in theology and religion includes support from churches, denominations, individuals and organizations. Easily searched by alphabetical listing,... read more >

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Theological Students and Religious Leadership for the Future

Are theological students good enough to meet future needs for religious leadership? How can theological schools and the religious bodies they serve recruit the most promising candidates for their ministries?... read more >

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Hearing the Call: Vocational Reflection Gets Renewed Attention

Nevell Owens remembers when he first felt called to pursue a doctorate in theology. He was working as a criminal prosecutor when he looked into the eyes of a 13-year-old boy accused of murder. He saw that they were empty, and he wanted to know: Where was God in the life of this boy?

“I knew the boy’s mother was active in church,” Owens says. “I wanted to know, why isn’t the minister here? Why aren’t members of the church here?”

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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists for 2018

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