In January 2024, JPHE Senior Editor Z.W. Taylor spoke with Dr. Nathan Cost, Director of Vocational Life and Formation at the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University (Georgia, USA). The two discuss a study by Dr. Cost on the lived experiences of vocational calling among non-denominational graduate seminary students training for ministry and nonprofit roles. Dr. Cost found that despite no denominational affiliation, participants' experiences were still impacted by prior religious backgrounds. Surprisingly, feelings of disorientation and grief were most common in describing their calling journeys. Dr. Cost concludes that calling is an embodied, lifelong phenomenon shaping one's identity, not just a singular career decision. Dr. Cost recommends that institutions validate students' callings and provide adaptable training to equip them for evolving vocational paths in an uncertain future.Read more about New Conversation: Solving the Reverse Mystery: Vocational Calling and Theological Education
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This issue features a range of different, interesting contributions, including four original research articles, and an editorial elaborating the aims for our Notes from the field section. As the editorial states, "our hope has always been to offer an evolving, multifaceted, highly creative, open-access, unconventional, free, internet-based alternative to conventional, commercially driven publications produced by large, international publishing houses". The issue aptly reflects this ambition.
From the Editors
Research Articles (peer-reviewed)
Notes from the field
Book Reviews (not peer-reviewed)