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Helping College Students Discern their Calling

With so many options for employment today, and so much pressure to earn status and income, it can be difficult for students to discern a religious calling and for churches... read more >

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On Church-Related Higher Education

In an effort to help new faculty acclimate to the role of teaching at a church-related college, Stephen Haynes started the Rhodes Consultation with assistance from the Lilly Endowment. Selected... read more >

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On the Vocation of Theological Educators

Doctoral studies, the gateway to teaching in seminaries and religion departments, often separate doctoral students from the vocational aspect of teaching ministry students. In response, Stephanie Paulsell and others have... read more >

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Experiencing God through Diverse Religious Traditions

What would it be like to experience Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy, and even contemporary American culture as a pilgrim, a seeker looking for God? That curiosity prompted the Rev.... read more >

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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 various resources... 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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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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