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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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Books on Vocation and Service

The Forum for Theological Exploration offers a variety of resources, including books that can be used to inspire students on their journey. FTE strives to equip the next generation of leaders... read more >

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Discerning God’s Call

What will you do with your life in light of your faith? If you're a student asking that question, the Forum for Theological Exploration offers a wealth of resources to... read more >

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FTE Undergraduate Fellowship Programs

The Forum for Theological Exploration offers fellowship programs to gifted young leaders from diverse racial and ethnic communities and a variety of Christian faith traditions who are exploring ministry as... read more >

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Books on Vocation, Leadership and Ministry

The Forum for Theological Exploration offers a helpful list of recommended books for young adults who are discerning a call to ministry, discipleship or further study of the bible and theology.  ... read more >

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Resources for those considering theology school

The Forum for Theological Exploration's resources offer a basic introduction to theological education and ask key questions designed to help students and potential students find a path that is right... read more >

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Why Ministry Matters: FTE Fellows and Alumni explain

Meet Forum for Theolocal Exploration Fellows and alumni who renew the church and change the world. They lead in congregations, classrooms and communities; they lead in worship, teaching and Christian... read more >

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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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