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Make a Good Living: Christian Discipleship as a Living Practice

We don’t need to either drop out of the market economy or baptize its values; we just need to ask ourselves some penetrating questions to understand how we work for... read more >

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Discern Your Vocation: Listen to God to find your purpose

As a Christian, you are called to listen carefully to God, yourself and the cries of a world in need as you discern your purpose, says Jennifer Haworth, spiritual director... read more >

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Seminary Models for Multifaith Education

Twenty-eight percent of U.S. adults brought up in a religious affiliation have either switched or ceased religious involvement and 27 percent of married adults are in religiously mixed relationships. In... read more >

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NetVUE: A Theological Exploration of Vocation Initiative

The Council of Independent Colleges has established an initiative to foster theological and intellectual exploration of vocation across campus communities. The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, known as NetVUE,... read more >

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Developing Teaching Skills in Graduate-Level Students

Navigating the rigors of graduate school can be difficult, and developing skills for teaching at the same time can be complicated. To help, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning... read more >

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Nondenominational students more prevalent in seminaries

While more evangelical students enter seminary with only parachurch experience, some leave with denominational credentials.

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Best Resources for Vocational Discernment

Faith communities have a particular interest in identifying and encouraging young women and men who have a penchant for church leadership or teaching and scholarship in religious disciplines. Insights Into Religion works with religious organizations that provide resources to help young adults clarify their religious calling, and resources to help religion-oriented institutions facilitate that discernment process.

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Transitioning from school to ministry: How Teaching Churches Can Help Young Pastors

Wilshire Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, has instituted a program to help seminary graduates gain an understanding of ministry leadership through a two-year residency program. Elements of the program include... read more >

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Calling Your Youth: What it Takes to Become a "Calling" Congregation

Why become a calling congregation?

Christians have historically been a people called to vocations as varied as plumber, professor, homemaker and clergy. At its essence a called vocation is practical discipleship: our humble effort to embody obedience to God in the particulars of daily life. When a congregation embraces its place in the history of encouraging faithful reflection and meaningful activity, it helps develop the faith, deepen the spirit and inspire the daily life of church members.

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Matching New Clergy and Small Churches

American Christianity is facing a conundrum. Churches that have fewer than 100 members, along with decreasing financial resources, are on the rise, but new clergy often cannot afford to accept... read more >

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Volunteer and Live Longer Religious Lives

Ohio State researchers in June pored over hundreds of obituaries from across the country. They found that people with...

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...

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