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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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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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A Reflection on the State of Pastoral Leadership

When Jackson Carroll began “Pulpit & Pew,” his large research project on pastoral leadership, he considered pastors a “troubled profession,” and braced himself for what his investigation might reveal. But five years of study, including a major national telephone survey and 23 focus groups across the country, convinced Carroll his gloomy forecast didn’t stand up.

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Transition into Ministry program helps new ministers flourish

Moving from seminary to first assignment at a congregation is always a challenge for a new pastor, but it’s even more so today. Helping young graduates become confident and effective is the goal of the Transition into Ministry program.

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Looking for Online Resources?

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

"Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day." —...

Apply for a Thriving in Ministry Grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a new grant program to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus...

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