EXPLORE THIS COURSE

The campus ministry course connects you with like-minded peers, as well as visionary Christian leaders. We’re here to help you wrestle with big questions about your purpose, passion, calling, and the relationship between faith, service, and ministry in the world.

  • Hear from Christian leaders who have heard the "Sound of the Genuine" and are leading change in their community.
  • Witness stories of faith communities who are changing the conditions to promote freedom, equity, and liberation.
  • Participate in activities that will stretch your imagination or give you the knowledge necessary for enacting your next most faithful step. 
  • Engage in practices based on both the deep traditions of our communities and the science of discernment.

     COURSE MODULES

Why

Explore

Reflect

Next Step

Develop an understanding of what campus ministry looks like today. Identify and analyze the reasons why one would pursue as campus minister.

Investigate the ways people engage with campus ministry as a leader. Analyze and think critically about the pathways one can take to pursue and serve in campus ministry.

Thoughtfully reflect on how to inspire and expand young adults in campus ministry or future ministry settings.

Articulate your next most faithful step after discerning what it might mean to serve your community, cause, or creation.

Meet the FTE 

Teaching Team

   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

160 Clairemont Avenue, Suite 300, Decatur, GA, 30030
(678) 369-6755

© 2022 Forum for Theological Exploration

Who is the Forum for Theological Exploration? 

The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities. Since our founding in 1954, FTE has provided resources, events, networks, grants, and fellowships to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders, pastors, and theological educators. FTE provides a forum through which gifted, purposeful students, young adults, and partners explore their passion, purpose, and call.

Who is this course for? 

Young adults who are 18-35 looking to explore ministry through campus ministry or current leaders in campus ministry who are looking to lead differently.

Why was this course created?

To share FTE’s research and practices from almost 70 years helping the next generation of leaders for the church and academy find meaning, purpose, and their call.

How will this course benefit me? 

This course is designed to give you the practices and resources to clarify your vocational pursuits. Upon completion, you will be recognized as part of FTE’s alumni network. Other alumni will include pastors, professors, deans, presidents of organizations, civil servants, and non-profit leaders who are leading their communities, congregations, and society. You will receive a certificate of completion and a badge for your resume and social accounts. 


Can I get a course certificate for completion?

Yes, if you meet the requirements set forth in the course you will receive a certificate that you can post to your Linkedin profile and download to share.

How much time will this course take?

This varies by person but averages about 5-10 hours including Zoom Community Gatherings.

I can’t make a Community Gathering call, What do I do?

FTE may choose to upload part or all of the Community Gathering discussions, but we’d recommend reaching out to the course teaching team with any questions you have during the course.

Can I participate in class from my cellphone?

Yes, there is an app for that. NovoEd has a mobile app as does Zoom for the community gathering calls.

What does FTE mean by Campus Ministry?

We hope to expand your imagination about the campus ministry and its vocational paths that support your community. You’ll hear stories from leaders in campus ministries like Rev. Dr. Lynn Cooper and Rev. Kim Jackson.

Are you ready to 

Lead Differently? 

Every day someone doesn't see themselves as strong enough, confident enough, bold enough, or experienced enough to lead. But those fears don't stop them. They're leaders who take risks, innovate, disrupt the norm, break tradition, follow their calling, faithfully impact lives and build God's beloved community.

They're driven by their passion and faith. They desire to change the world through Christian communities. Passionate, faithful people don't simply change the world by thinking differently. They change the world by leading differently.

This course is designed to equip you with the tools you need to cultivate meaningful connections, understand your calling, provide spiritual care and create ecumenically diverse experiences for students, faculty and staff through campus ministry.   

Now is the perfect time to take your next most faithful step.

Campus Ministry Course

$199

4-week virtual course with four live, instructor-led discussions held over Zoom.

Schedule: July 15th - Aug 15th 

Live Zoom Gatherings (7 pm ET): July 19th, 26th & Aug 2nd, 9th 

Designed for young adults ages 18-35

ENROLLMENT CLOSED

EXPLORE THIS COURSE

The campus ministry course connects you with like-minded peers, as well as visionary Christian leaders. We’re here to help you wrestle with big questions about your purpose, passion, calling, and the relationship between faith, service, and ministry in the world.

  • Hear from Christian leaders who have heard the "Sound of the Genuine" and are leading change in their community and on their campuses.
  • Witness stories of faith communities and campus ministries who are changing the conditions to promote freedom, equity, and liberation.
  • Participate in activities that will stretch your imagination or give you the knowledge necessary for enacting your next most faithful step. 
  • Engage in practices based on both the deep traditions of our communities and the science of discernment.

COURSE MODULES

Meet the FTE Teaching Team

Jodi L. Porter

Melissa Scott

Lynn Cooper

D'ana Downing

Course Instructor

Course Coach

Course Coach

Jodi is the director of coordination at FTE. She guides FTE’s efforts for Lilly Endowment Inc. coordination programs, currently resourcing program directors in the Youth Theology Network and the Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation initiatives. 

Dr. Lynn Cooper (she/her) is the Catholic Chaplain at Tufts University, where she serves on an interfaith chaplaincy team. She seeks to help students make meaningful connections between their education, faith, and the work for justice.

Melissa is an experience design manager with FTE. Melissa co-creates experiences for diverse young adults and church and organizational leaders.

Rev. D'ana Downing (She/They/Queen) is an interdisciplinary scholar-practitioner and interfaith movement chaplain passionate about spiritual and identity formation of college-aged students. She currently works at Northwestern University as the assistant university chaplain.

   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Who is the Forum for Theological Exploration?

The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities. Since our founding in 1954, FTE has provided resources, events, networks, grants, and fellowships to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders, pastors, and theological educators. FTE provides a forum through which gifted, purposeful students, young adults, and partners explore their passion, purpose, and call.

Who is this course for? 

Young adults who are 18-35 looking to explore ministry through campus ministry or current leaders in campus ministry who are looking to lead differently.

Why was this course created?

To share FTE’s research and practices from almost 70 years helping the next generation of leaders for the church and academy find meaning, purpose, and their call.

How will this course benefit me?

This course is designed to give you the practices and resources to clarify your vocational pursuits. Upon completion, you will be recognized as part of FTE’s alumni network. Other alumni will include pastors, professors, deans, presidents of organizations, civil servants, and non-profit leaders who are leading their communities, congregations, and society. You will receive a certificate of completion and a badge for your resume and social accounts.

Can I get a course certificate for completion?

Yes, if you meet the requirements set forth in the course you will receive a certificate that you can post to your Linkedin profile and download to share.

How much time will this course take?

This varies by person but averages about 5-10 hours including Zoom Community Gatherings.

I can’t make a Community Gathering call, What do I do?

FTE may choose to upload part or all of the Community Gathering discussions, but we’d recommend reaching out to the course teaching team with any questions you have during the course.

Can I participate in class from my cellphone?

Yes, there is an app for that. NovoEd has a mobile app as does Zoom for the community gathering calls.

What does FTE mean by campus ministry?

We hope to expand your imagination about the campus ministry and its vocational paths that support your community. You’ll hear stories from leaders in campus ministries like Rev. Dr. Lynn Cooper and Rev. Kim Jackson.

Social Justice & Service

Explore your next most faithful step after discerning what it might mean to serve your community, cause, or creation.

$199

Campus Ministry

Explore your next most faithful step after discerning what it might mean to serve your community, cause, or creation. 

Designed for young adults ages 18-35

$199

ENROLL

We want our students to become bold leaders and solve the problems that reflect their lives

- Rich Havard from Inclusive Collective

Why

Develop an understanding of what campus ministry looks like today. Identify and analyze the reasons why one would pursue as campus minister.

Next Step

Articulate your next most faithful step after discerning what it might mean to serve your community, cause, or creation.

Explore

Investigate the ways people engage with campus ministry as a leader. Analyze and think critically about the pathways one can take to pursue and serve in campus ministry.

Reflect

Thoughtfully reflect on how to inspire and expand young adults in campus ministry or future ministry settings.

Designed for young adults ages 18-35

Course Instructor

Be Inspired & 

Make Direct Impact: 

Campus Ministry

In this four-week virtual campus ministry course, you will discover if you are called to lead change in your community through campus ministry. Learn to engage and connect with students, and be involved along their spiritual journey. You will join like-minded peers and visionary Christian leaders as you explore your next most faithful step.

ENROLL

Are you ready to 

Lead Differently? 

Every day someone doesn't see themselves as strong enough, confident enough, bold enough, or experienced enough to lead. But those fears don't stop them. They're leaders who take risks, innovate, disrupt the norm, break tradition, follow their calling, faithfully impact lives and build God's beloved community.

They're driven by their passion and faith. They desire to change the world through Christian communities. Passionate, faithful people don't simply change the world by thinking differently. They change the world by leading differently.

This course is designed to equip you with the tools to cultivate meaningful connections, understand your calling, provide spiritual care and create ecumenically diverse experiences for students, faculty and staff through campus ministry.   

Now is the perfect time to take your next most faithful step.

Campus Ministry Course

$199

4-week virtual course with four live, instructor-led discussions held over Zoom.

Schedule: July 15th - Aug 15th

Live Zoom Gatherings (7 pm ET): July 19th, 26th & Aug 2nd, 9th 

Designed for young adults ages 18-35

ENROLL

We want our students to become bold leaders and solve the problems that reflect their lives

- Rich Havard from Inclusive Collective

Jodi L. Porter

Course Instructor

Jodi is the director of coordination at FTE. She guides FTE’s efforts for Lilly Endowment Inc. coordination programs, currently resourcing program directors in the Youth Theology Network and the Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation initiatives. 

Course Instructor

Melissa Scott

Melissa is an experience design manager with FTE. Melissa co-creates experiences for diverse young adults and church and organizational leaders.

Course Coach

D'ana Downing

Rev. D'ana Downing (She/They/Queen) is an interdisciplinary scholar-practitioner and interfaith movement chaplain passionate about spiritual and identity formation of college-aged students. She currently works at Northwestern University as the assistant university chaplain.

Course Coach

Lynn Cooper

Dr. Lynn Cooper (she/her) is the Catholic Chaplain at Tufts University, where she serves on an interfaith chaplaincy team. She seeks to help students make meaningful connections between their education, faith, and the work for justice.

Campus Ministry

Explore your next most faithful step after discerning what it might mean to serve your community, cause, or creation. 

Designed for young adults ages 18-35

ENROLL

$199

ENROLLMENT CLOSED