What happens when churches become communities of calling?

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The Communities of Calling Initiative helps Christian congregations discover and deepen their sense of God’s callings in the lives of their communities. We believe God calls church communities in many ways: through individuals, as congregations, within surrounding neighborhoods, and among all of creation. With our partner congregations, we develop and curate resources on calling and discernment for public use. Explore our website to learn more.
Congregations are the best places for God’s people to be inspired and equipped to live out their callings each day. —Jack Fortin, The Centered Life

Vocation is the heart of the Christian life.

We believe people are created for relationship with God who calls to us all life long and invites our creative response.

Through the past ten years of study, research, and reflection on vocation in the Collegeville Institute Seminars, we have seen transformations happen when individuals and communities come to see their lives as part of God’s purposes in the world.

We believe that rediscovering vocation—as both the general calling to discipleship shared by Christians and our particular callings (to people, places, and work)—can help revitalize the local church for its mission in the world.

We are deepening our theological work on calling (and discovering new directions) alongside our partner congregations in the Communities of Calling Initiative.

The Initiative is a five-year project funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., and housed at the Collegeville Institute.

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