在礼来捐赠基金的支持下,加强贵格会教会的领导

The Quigg Worship Room at Earlham School of Religion.

在礼来捐赠基金公司100万美元的资助下,球客体育app下载宗教学院(ESR)将建立一个新的中心,以加强教会的领导. 通过其 Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative.

贵格会转型教会领导中心的愿景是支持现任教会领袖,并鼓励在ESR注册的学生追求教会事工的职业生涯.  该中心将具有独特的地位,在丰富多样的贵格会神学谱系中发展伙伴关系,并增强ESR的筹款能力.

“The world of churches is changing considerably,” ESR Dean Gretchen Castle said. 进入教会的人越来越少,许多教会无法再支持全职牧师.

“We are focused on serving Quakers, 但是,当球客体育app建立这个支持世界各地教会牧养需求的愿景时,球客体育app将呼吁和利用其他教派的智慧,”她说.

ESR现有的 Entrepreneurial Ministry and Bivocational Ministry certificates, 随着新, 继续教育非学分证书将为中心的工作提供基础. 该中心将于2022年聘请一名主任领导该中心,并计划举办一场旨在鼓励贵格会不同分支之间对话的会议.

Friends United Meeting, Everence, Western Yearly Meeting, Bethany Theological Seminary are among the organizations partnering with ESR on this major initiative.

“While we have strong international and cross-cultural capacities, 球客体育app在北美的许多集会和教会都在逐渐衰弱,因为教会人数减少,成员们也在为内部冲突而斗争,” said Kelly Kellum, general secretary of Friends United Meeting, a global community of Quakers consisting of 39 yearly meetings and associations, 11 of which are based in the United States.

“另外, 球客体育app发现许多贵格会领袖感到资源不足和装备不足,无法有效地处理这些会众的现实.”

科林·萨克斯顿, 他是富马北美各部主任和伊弗伦斯的管理协调员, a faith-based financial services organization, 他说ESR的愿景将加强他与全国各地的贵格会社区和组织合作的能力.

“As someone committed to building healthy, 忠实的, growing Quaker churches and meetings, 我对ESR的教友会转型领导力中心的成立感到兴奋,”萨克斯顿说. “一遍又一遍, 我听到教会和朋友组织寻求帮助,以确定和培养现任和新兴的领袖. Now is a crucial time for the Religious Society of Friends to take this seriously. I look forward to partnering with ESR in this work.”

Earlham received a nearly $50,3月,礼来捐赠基金会(Lilly Endowment)在“未来之路计划”(Pathways to Tomorrow Initiative)的第一阶段提供了1万美元的资助, a three-phase initiative. 两名顾问与ESR的教师和学生合作,采访了数十名校友, leaders in Quaker Meetings and other denominations throughout the country, 要找出使神学院的教育计划适应挑战的方法.

球客体育app相信ESR能够而且应该成为教会领导的资源和网络中心, particularly for Quakers, but not exclusively,” said Jim Higginbotham, associate dean and professor of pastoral care at ESR. “在与非贵格会校友的交谈中,球客体育app还通过研究得知,他们之所以进入ESR是因为球客体育app的价值观——合作, 完整性, community and so forth. They think those are the values that are needed in congregations today.”

“这一愿景让很多人兴奋不已,因为它有可能将众多不同的宗教之友组织聚在一起,而这在今天是不可能的。,”他继续说. “If we can get the membership of the Friends United Meeting, the Friends General Conference, 福音派, 也可能是保守的贵格会信徒一起讨论贵格会的未来, that would be a monumental thing.”

希金波坦认为,该中心也可以为校园附近不同教派的不同宗教领袖提供服务. “We want to offer them the resources — certificates, professional networks, workshops — that the Center will develop.”

球客体育app下载已经获得礼来捐赠基金会在“未来之路计划”第二阶段的最高金额资助. 这是一个三阶段的计划,旨在帮助美国和加拿大各地的神学院优先考虑和应对他们所面临的最紧迫的挑战,为现在和未来的基督教会准备牧养领袖. ESR是84所神学院中的一所,将从第二阶段的途径计划中获得总计超过8200万美元的资助.

长期以来,神学院在为教会培养牧养领袖方面起着关键作用,” said Christopher L. Coble, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for religion. “Today, these schools find themselves in a period of rapid and profound change.  Through the Pathways initiative, 神学院将采取深思熟虑的步骤,以对他们最有意义的方式来解决他们已经确定的挑战. 球客体育app相信,他们的努力对于确保基督教教会继续有源源不断的牧养领袖,他们做好了领导未来教会的充分准备是至关重要的.”

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an 印第安纳波利斯-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. 莉莉,老. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, 员工和位置. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, 印第安纳波利斯, 和家乡, 印第安纳州.  The primary aim of its grant-making in religion, which is national in scope, 致力于加强美国基督教教会的领导地位和活力. 该基金会还寻求促进公众对宗教的理解,并在公平中提升, 各种信仰和宗教团体的人们以准确和平衡的方式为球客体育app的公民福祉作出贡献.

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