Monday, June 16, 2008

CLS Student Receives Prestigious National Ministry Fellowship

Quinn C. Moerike, a second-year Master of Divinity student at CLS, has been recognized as a young leader who demonstrates exceptional gifts for ministry by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE). As a recipient of a 2008 FTE Ministry Fellowship, Moerike will receive $10,000 for educational expenses and to fund a self-designed summer project to enrich his formation as a ministerial leader. He will also attend a leadership development program and the 2008 FTE Conference on Excellence in Ministry June 8-15 at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.
Dr. Edward G. Kettner nominated Moerike for the fellowship award.
FTE Ministry Fellows are selected competitively from a pool of applicants across the U.S. and Canada. They must be nominated by their seminary dean or president, have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 at the end of their first academic term and possess intellectual and interpersonal gifts for pastoral leadership. The 2008 FTE Ministry Fellows were chosen by a national committee of theological educators and church leaders.
The fellowships are awarded annually as part of the Fund’s objective to increase the number of highly capable young people preparing for ordained ministry as a profession.
“The need for qualified, faithful leadership—for the church and for the common good—is a national issue for congregations, communities and everyone who cares about the health and vitality of the church and society,” said Rev. Echols Purdum, director of FTE Ministry Fellowships. “The church needs the energy, intellect and idealism that these candidates bring—to be the bright and compassionate leaders our world needs, servant leaders of integrity and character.” 
The Fund for Theological Education is a leading ecumenical advocate for excellence and diversity in Christian ministry and theological scholarship. It supports the next generation of leaders among pastors and scholars, annually providing $1.5 million in fellowships and support to gifted young people from all denominations and racial/ethnic backgrounds. Since 1954, FTE has awarded nearly 6,000 fellowships in partnership with those committed to the future of quality leadership for the church. For more information visit www.thefund.org.
 
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