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We expect professionalism to be enabling and empowering.With appropriate education, we believe that we can function effectively and feel confident in our actions. Many professionals -- in fields as varied as health care and ministry -- report that they have sought professional credentials in response to a personal calling, a spiritual impetus to serve. To read more of this book review by Georgia Cox, click here.


A camp Experience for youth who believe that God is calling them, or may be calling them to vocational ministry. For students who've finished their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school. Sponsored by The Samuel Project July 12-16, 2005 Wigate University, Wingate, NC July 19-23, 2005 Wesleyan College, Macon, GA

"The Pastor Gap"

By Andrew Black, faithworks, July-August:5-9.

"The Conditions of Call"

By David J. Wood, CONGREGATIONS, Volume 27, Number 2. Copyright 2001 by The Alban Institute, Inc.

"For Our Churches, the Future is Now"

By Stephen Cook, Baptist Heritage, June, 2003:5.

"Churches Face Minister Shortage"

By James Evans, Copyright 2002 by

The Christian as Minister

Edited by Robert F. Kohler and Joaquin Garcia, United Methodist GBHEM, 2001. Written specifically for Methodists

Call and Your Vocation

By Bob Roth, Division of Ordained Ministry, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 1998. Written specifically for Methodists

Total Ministry: Reclaiming the Ministry of All God's People

By Stewart C. Zabriskie, The Alban Institute, 1995.

Sorting it Out

By Alice R. Cullinan, Judson Press, 1999.

Choosing Church: What Makes a Difference for Teens

By Carol E. Lytch, Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.

Career and Calling

By Ginny Ward Holdeness with Forrest C. Palmer, Jr.,Geneva Press, 2001.

Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life

Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck (Jossey-Bass, 2004)

Do I Belong in Seminary?

Ronald E. Parker (The Alban Institute, Inc., 1998).

Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness

Eugene Peterson (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001).

The Choice: Choosing A Life that Matters

Youth Bible stufy material published by Smyth and Helwys in conjunction with The Samuel Project.

The material explores themes centered around new creation, making choices, ministry, giftedness, discernment and action.  In The Samuel Project Kit there is a youth teaching guide, ten youth reflection guides and a resource kit.  For further informaion call 1-800-747-3016 or visit

(Smyth & Helwys)

Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life

Marjorie J. Thompson (Westminster John Knox Press, 1995).

Let Your Life Speak

An insightful and moving meditation of finding one's true calling. Parker Palmer (Josey-Bass Publishing, 2000).

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