If you would like to apply to Exploration of Vocation and Ministry, please fill out the application below. This includes basic information, an essay portion, and a participation agreement. If you have any particular questions about the program or would like to set up an initial conversation, you can contact the Office of Spiritual Life via phone (864.294.2133) or email:
Vaughn CroweTipton, University Chaplain; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Taber, Associate University Chaplain; email@example.com
Tiffany Gibson Cox, Assistant University Chaplain; firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Bennett, Administrative Assistant; susan.bennett@furman
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I have read and understand the purpose and expectations of Furman’s Exploration of Vocation and Ministry program.
Experience of Calling or Attraction to Ministry
Professional Goals and Their Relation to Your Values and Beliefs (be as specific as possible)
Self-Perception of Strengths and Weaknesses
Previous Work and/or Volunteer Experience
Please include the following in an essay of no more than 3 pages:
1. A reasonably full account of your life. Include, for example, significant and important persons and events, especially as they have impacted, or continue to impact, your personal growth and development. Describe your family of origin, current family relationships, and important and supportive social relationships.
2. A description of your spiritual growth and development. Include, for example, the faith heritage into which you were born and describe and explain any subsequent, personal conversions, your call to ministry, religious experiences, and significant persons and events that have impacted, or continue to impact, your spiritual growth and development.
3. An account of a “helping incident” in which you were the person who provided the help. Include the nature and extent of the request, your assessment of the issue(s), problem(s), situation(s). Describe how you came to be involved and what you did. Give a brief, evaluative commentary on what you did and how you believe you were able to help.
4. Your expectations of EVM; what do you believe or imagine it to be like?
What are your goals for participating in EVM and how will EVM help you meet them?
Exploration of Vocation and Ministry Program Participation Agreement
As a member of the Exploration of Vocation and Ministry program at Furman University, I am committed to the exploration of my call to ministry. Under the supervision of the university chaplains, I covenant to follow these guidelines as I participate in the program:
o First year students agree to participate in weekly classroom sessions led by the chaplains. Students also plan and lead in University worship services during the first year in the program. Students from non-Christian traditions can meet with the chaplains to discuss an alternative to the University Worship requirement.
o All students agree to model ethical conduct and abide by the Furman University Student Conduct Code found in the Student Handbook.
o All students agree to participate in weekly gatherings of the Exploration of Vocation and Ministry program.
o After completing the year-long orientation seminar, students participate in approved internships in the areas of non-profit work, urban ministry, hospital chaplaincy, congregational ministry, university chaplaincy, or other setting approved by the chaplain. In order to expose the student to a variety of settings, internships will change annually. Students are expected to devote five hours per week to these internships.
o Students agree to actively participate in a community of faith, either on or off-campus.
o Students commit themselves to satisfactory academic performance.
I realize that in addition to these guidelines, it is my responsibility to participate in the Exploration of Vocation and Ministry program with an enthusiastic and open spirit.
Continuation in the program and receipt of financial aid/academic credit will be based on the chaplains’ evaluation of my fulfillment of the above criteria.
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