AWAKENED TO A CALLING edited by Ann Svennungsen & Melissa Wiginton ($10.50)*

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The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) annually invites our nation's premier preachers to address a group of young adults who are considering a vocation in pastoral ministry. As part of the FTE's honoring their outgoing president, Dr. James Waits, for his remarkable service as President of the Fund for Theological Education, they have collected these superb sermons. These eight sermons on vocation offer an important resource for high school and college students making vocational decisions, for older adults considering vocational changes, and for all who teach and mentor in the area of vocational discernment and who help others sort out a commitment to professional ministry.

The purpose of the Ministry Conference, and the sermons delivered at the event, intersects well with Abingdon's mission to help form pastors who will serve the church faithfully and effectively. The preachers are highly recognizable and respected individuals, who will serve as trusted and wise guides for discerning a ministry vocation. They include Fred Craddock, Walter Brueggemann, Tom Long, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Brad Braxton.

The volume includes an annotated bibliography of publications on ministry as a vocation, and a foreword by Dr. James T. Laney, former Ambassador to South Korea, President of Emory University, Dean of Candler School of Theology. He is currently a faculty member of Emory's Center for Ethics. He chairs the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, is a trustee of the Henry Luce Foundation, and chairs (with Andrew Young) The Faith and The City Program in Atlanta.

  1. Foreword by James T. Laney
  2. Introduction by Melissa Wiginton
  3. Contributors
  4. Mary and Martha and the Myers-Briggs by Ellen Echols Purdum
  5. If Only I Could Be Sure by Fred Craddock
  6. Of This Gospel by Thomas G. Long
  7. Here I Am, Send Me by Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
  8. On This Rock by Barbara Brown Taylor
  9. Two Places at the Same Time by Brad R. Braxton
  10. The Chance for a Sub-version by Walter Brueggemann
  11. In the Lord's House, On the Lord's Day by Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
For a new generation of vibrant ministers ∑ For the vitality of religious life ∑ For those who want to explore the longing of the soul and the call to minister in our communities

These honest and inspiring sermons on ministry vocation are an important resource for:

The sermons come from trusted and wise guides for discerning ministry vocation: Brad R. Braxton, Barbara Brown Taylor, Walter Brueggemann, Fred Craddock, Ellen Echols Purdam, Thomas G. Long, Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., and with a foreword by James T. Laney.

These guides will help students examine vocational choices and a calling to professional ministry. Awakened to a Calling is an effective resource for those who strive to develop vibrant pastors for the strength of religious life in America, including pastors, high school and college vocational counselors, college chaplains, and professors of religion at college and seminaries.

The Excellence in Ministry Conference, sponsored by The Fund for Theological Education, annually invites our nationís premiere preachers to address a group of young adults who are considering a vocation in pastoral ministry. This collection of sermons honors Dr. James Waits for his remarkable service as president of The Fund for Theological Education.

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