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Hard Questions

Calling: A Journal for Leaders Who Nurture Vocation
Volume I – Number 2
Winter 2005

By Stephen Lewis, Coordinator, Pastoral Leadership Search Effort (PLSE)

A few questions come to mind as we consider why FTE attends to congregations as agents of God in the necessary work of cultivating the next generation of church leaders. We have found these questions difficult to answer, especially for congregations invested in vocation. Perhaps the difficulty lies in the challenges that potential answers pose to us: such answers affect every member of a congregation, rather than a select few. They challenge implicit assumptions about vocation and the congregation’s role in vocation. And they also illuminate some of the systemic realities that congregations face in cultivating a culture of call. We invite you to explore the following questions with your conversation partners in your congregation.