By Vicki Brown - gbhem.org
A Sunday focused on call and $600,000 to expand Project Transformation were among four proposals approved by the directors of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry during the March meeting in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The proposals are aimed at increasing the number of young clergy in The United Methodist Church.
The four proposals approved by the Board of Directors were initiated by staff and were in addition to 91 completed applications for grants from the $7 million Young Clergy Initiative. The 91 applications submitted for the fund created by the 2012 General Conference are still being reviewed by a team of staff and members of the Board of Directors. Those awards will be announced May 2. The deadline for the second round of applications is July 2, 2014.
“If we funded every request, $5.5 million would be given out for the first round,” said the Rev. Trip Lowery, GBHEM’s director of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment. Lowery said applications were received from 23 different states and 27 requests were for $100,000.
The expectation is that about $1.5 million will be disbursed each year.
After reviewing the 91 completed applications, the staff also developed GBHEM-initiated grants for projects that staff viewed as having the potential to make a big difference.
Four of those proposals were approved by the directors:
The board also discussed options for creating a chaplaincy corps to train, send and support teams of recent college graduates or seminarians to start new ministries on college campuses that are not served by the UMC through a campus ministry or chaplaincy, but ultimately rejected those proposals.