VOCATION: DISCERNMENT

Discernment is an ongoing practice for faithful Christian disciples and faith communities.  We invite you to explore and wrestle with the resources below.  If you find additional resources that have spoken to you, please share them with us at StudentLife@ctsnet.edu.

discernment resources

Books:

Healing the Purpose of Your Life by Dennis Linn, Matthew Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, Francisco Miranda

Practicing Discernment Together: Finding God’s Way Forward in Decision Making, by Lon Fendall, Jan Wood, Bruce Bishop

Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life by Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, Matthew Linn

The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making, by Elizabeth Liebert

Videos

Start with Why, Simon Sinek TED Talk

Know Your Why, Michael Jr.

Vocational Discernment for Pastors” – by Rev. Dr. Sandawna Gaulman Ashley, Assistant Stated Clerk; Manager, Call Process Support and Teaching Elders Ministry in the Office of the General Assembly

Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century Church” - by Rev. Dr. Sandawna Gaulman Ashley, Assistant Stated Clerk; Manager, Call Process Support and Teaching Elders Ministry in the Office of the General Assembly

Websites and Downloads:

Continuing the Call

Discerning Your Call and Your Gifts for Ministry of Word and Sacrament

Five Cups of Coffee Discernment Conversation Starters

Forum for Theological Exploration

Gifted by the Flame: Professional Church Vocations

“Naming Vocation: Five steps of student discernment,” by Lillian Hallstrand

Vocational Discernment Paradigm, Part 1

Vocational Discernment Paradigm, Part 2

Vocational Discernment Paradigm, Part 3