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Phillips Student Honored

Shannon Gorres, an entering Master of Divinity student at Phillips Theological Seminary has been recognized by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) as a young leader who demonstrate exceptional gifts for ministry.

As a recipient of a 2011 FTE Congregational Fellowship, Gorres will receive a $1,000 to $5,000 award from FTE, matching support from her nominating congregation for seminary tuition and living expenses. Fellowship recipient also attended the 2011 FTE Leaders in Ministry Conference, Renewing the Church in Service to the Common Good, held June 15 to 19 at Dillard University in New Orleans.

“When I attended the FTE conference, I felt incredible nourishment of hope for the future of the church- a future that looks ripe with theological innovation and ecumenical collaboration. I'm so thankful this fellowship will enable me to share more of my time and skills with the PTS community, and to bring ideas from the nation-wide network of FTE young adults pursuing ministry,” said Gorres.

A national committee of educators and church leaders selected the FTE Congregational Fellows from a pool of applicants from across the U.S. and Canada. Students must be nominated by a congregation, be preparing for congregational ministry and have leadership gifts for pastoral ministry. Plymouth Congregational UCC in Lawrence, KS nominated Gorres for the fellowship.

FTE awards the fellowships to foster quality leadership and diversity in pastoral ministry. “These young leaders see ministry as a path to helping others and serving the common good,” said Kim Hearn, FTE Director of Ministry Fellowships. “In these difficult times, the church and the world need their extraordinary gifts of compassion, intelligence and commitment to community.” FTE supports the next generation of leaders among pastors and scholars, annually awarding $1.5 million in fellowships and support to gifted young people from diverse denominations and backgrounds.

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