Apportioned Funds Spotlight: Ministerial Educational Fund
Monday, May 24, 2021
Our connection as the United Methodist Church is our greatest asset. Our apportionment system empowers us to impact communities around the world. Our collective resources help us display the love of Christ in God’s mission field.
This is the fourth spotlight of the seven apportioned funds. So far, we’ve covered The Africa University Fund, Black College Fund, Episcopal Fund. The Ministerial Education Fund is our next spotlight.
The Ministerial Education Fund was established during the 1968 General Conference. This find supports our 13 United Methodist Seminaries:
Boston University School of Theology
Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Claremont School of Theology
Drew Theological School
Duke Divinity School
Gammon Theological Seminary
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Iliff School of Theology
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
Saint Paul School of Theology
Kansas City, MO
United Theological Seminary
Wesley Theological Seminary
These seminaries nurture women and men who respond to the call to ordained ministry, offer continuing education opportunities, and course-of-study education for local pastors. The Ministerial Education Fund helps the church recruit and support ordained and diaconal ministers to transform the world.
The funds received are distributed through the annual conference and GCFA. 25% of the funds are used by the annual conference to support ministerial education as approved by annual conference. The remaining 75% goes to the schools mentioned above based on a formula established by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
The United Methodist Church is creating change agents to help us fulfill our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. For more details on supporting The Ministerial Education Fund visit the Resource UMC website.