"Cultures of Call" grants support local efforts to nurture next generation of church leaders
ATLANTA, July 14, 2008 - To help congregations identify and nurture the next generation of leaders for the church, The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) is offering competitive grants ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 for grassroots programs that cultivate a sense of Christian vocation and the call to ministry among youth.
The next deadline for letters of intent is September 8, 2008; information about this process is available at www.thefund.org/programs/congregations_grants .
The grants awarded support projects up to 18 months in duration that focus on building a 'culture of call' within congregations. FTE will award nearly $300,000 in grants through 2009 as part of its Calling Congregations initiative, which is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.
Calling Congregations is a national, ecumenical effort to encourage and equip churches to play a leading role in the vocational discernment of young men and women-and to increase the number of gifted young people considering ordained ministry as a profession.
"These grants support innovative ways in which congregations embrace responsibility for the conversation about vocation and inspire a new generation to explore discernment of their call," said Jim Goodmann, FTE Calling Congregations regional director and grant program administrator. "Finding those who will lead the church tomorrow begins with offering space for that conversation today with the young people in our midst."
Calling Congregations seeks to establish a national network of 500 congregational and church-related partners by 2009. With this goal in mind, FTE offers regional workshops and national conferences, teaching tools and up to 40 fellowships annually that match a congregation's financial support toward seminary tuition for a young person in their community.
The Fund for Theological Education is an ecumenical advocate for excellence and diversity in Christian ministry and theological scholarship. It supports the next generation of pastors and scholars, annually providing $1.5 million in fellowships and a network of support for gifted young people from all denominations and racial/ethnic backgrounds. For more information about FTE, visit www.thefund.org .Contact: Kerry Traubert