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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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Finding Friendship in Ministry

In a 2001 study of clergy only 32 percent said they had never felt lonely or isolated. The sense of loneliness and isolation was identified as the single greatest predictor... read more >

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Male Clergy in Economic Crisis

Although ministers may like to think of themselves as members of the professional middle class, they are hanging on to that status by their fingernails. Male clergy especially are pursuing... read more >

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Neuroscience and Spirituality Views on Resilience

Spirituality: A Facet of Resilience: Anne Nolty, assistant professor of psychology, and a team of researchers look...

Global Arts and Witness in a Multifaith Context

FULLER dialogues: Global Arts and Witness: Scholars and guests of the School of Intercultural Studies discuss the...

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These leaders are finding new ways to break down barriers to opportunity and justice at a time when people of color,...

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