News from the Hill May 17, 2010 | back to index
Andover Newton Master of Divinity (M.Div.) student Jennifer Macy has won a Ministry Fellowship award from The Fund for Theological Education (FTE). FTE’s Ministry Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend for educational and living expenses and to fund a self-designed ministry project. Ministry Fellows also participate in a Congregational Leadership Intensive program and a retreat following the completion of their ministry projects.
Dr. Nick Carter, President of Andover Newton Theological School, nominated Macy for the fellowship award, which is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Henry Luce Foundation.
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 2010 FTE Ministry Fellows were chosen by a national committee of theological educators and church leaders.
FTE awards the fellowships to foster quality leadership and inclusive excellence in pastoral ministry. The FTE claims fewer than seven percent of clergy in most denominations today are under age 35, and interest among seminary students in congregational ministry has declined in recent years, underscoring the need for leadership development among students from diverse backgrounds.
In her application for the fellowship, Macy wrote, in part: “My call to ministry is a part of my soul I know very well and this part has often has been the only constant in a life that has taken many unexpected twists and turns. From the tragedy of being diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disease and being confined to a wheelchair, to the beautiful surprise of finding my calling at Christ Church United [UCC], my peace comes from God and God’s ability to create beauty and miracles in any situation…
“[A] very important part of my ministry life… is working with at risk kids and families in Lowell Massachusetts, at Christ Church United. The families that I work with [ are often in a state of disarray. They often have trouble meeting their children’s basic emotional and physical needs. Their lives are unpredictable with little stability and very often little compassion.
“I have seen what can happen when a group of dedicated individuals in a church come together and decide to support a family in crisis. When children, teens, and adults are shown that they are held in a community, loved by God, and rescued by Jesus even when no physical or logistical interventions are possible, lives change. I believe the church is called to be this constant in the lives of the people in these communities.”
Based in Atlanta, GA, The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) is a leading ecumenical advocate for excellence and diversity in Christian ministry and theological scholarship. The organization provides fellowships and a network of support to gifted young people from all denominations and racial/ethnic backgrounds. Created in 1954, FTE has awarded nearly 6,000 fellowships: recipients include some of today’s leading pastors, scholars and teachers, serving churches, theological schools and communities nationwide.
FTE annually awards $1.5 million in fellowships and support to gifted young people from all denominations and racial/ethnic backgrounds. Since 1954, FTE has awarded more than 6,000 fellowships; its alumni serve congregations, schools and communities around the world. For more information, visit http://www.fteleaders.org.