George Fox Discernment Consultation

The George Fox University

Congregational Discernment Project

George Fox Discernment Consultation

(Announcing eight $3,000 awards for leading Pastors and Scholars)
Application deadline: July 1, 2005

Contact: Paul Anderson (

The George Fox University Congregational Discernment Project, a Lilly-funded venture, announces the second phase of its program in which eight participants will be chosen. Six highly-qualified pastoral leaders from different denominations and traditions will be selected, as well as two scholars (church history and theology) who will be able to contribute to the exploration of how Christian communities can more effectively discern and heed the present leadership of Christ. The third scholar position (biblical studies) will be filled by Paul Anderson, the Director of the Project, for a total of nine Consultation members.

The Consultation will meet five times (ranging from 2-to-4 days) between October 2005 and May 2007 in suitable locations around the nation. All expenses will be covered, and stipends of up to a total of $3,000 will be awarded each participant in appreciation for contributions provided to the larger Project. The Consultation will seek to build on advances made at the "Discerning the Leadership of Christ" (January, 2005) Conference.

Within the Consultation, our pastoral leaders will be expected to contribute on how the decision-making process works (and doesn't) within their own traditions, to apply wisdom and particular approaches to their situations, and to reflect analytically on how things have gone. Our scholar consultants will be asked to contribute on biblical, historical, and theological aspects of our deliberations. All of our consultants will be expected to contribute in oral and written form to the progress of the Consultation, with the end goal of forming a publishable book-length product that will be of service to the larger Christian movement in its approaches to congregational discernment and Christian decision-making.

Successful applicants will have demonstrated: a) practical and theoretical understandings of decision-making issues in the church, b) exceptional familiarity with the decision-making process within one's own tradition and/or discipline, and c) the ability contribute and write meaningfully on the subject of congregational discernment for the benefit of the larger Christian community.

Application Selection Criteria
Application Form

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