At the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), our mission is to cultivate diverse young people to be faithful, wise and courageous leaders for the church and the academy.
Quality leadership in ministry makes a difference in people's lives every day. Every community needs capable, compassionate Christian leaders who serve the common good, strive for justice, build up the community and share the Gospel. We invite you to join us in supporting future pastors, those who teach them and the communities that call them.
In 1954, leading educators, clergy and philanthropists joined together to form FTE out of common concern that the quality of those entering the ministry had declined and that talented students were too often choosing other careers.
They believed-as we do today-that this trend could leave congregations across North America without the strong leaders they need, now and in the decades to come. They believed that our shared faith deserves the best possible leadership that the Christian church can put forward.
Supported by the vision of donors and partners, FTE resolved to do something about it.