The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a plan to disburse funds from the $7 million Young Clergy Initiative to innovative projects of all sizes that could attract young people to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church.
On Monday, Board members made suggestions for improving language in the grant application, particularly to state clearly that applicants are encouraged to form partnerships for projects and also to seek matching funds from other sources. The special called meeting was held through a telephone conference call.
“We want to leave as wide a door as we can for applicants because we want a lot of creativity. This needs to be seed money that is used with matching funds in creative approaches,” said Bishop James Dorff, episcopal leader of the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Annual Conferences and president of GBHEM.
The Dream Team replaced categories and criteria for grants with purpose and priority statements that team members believed would be more accessible, especially to applicants who do not regularly apply for grants. This was done after Board members expressed concern in August that categories were too complex and inaccessible. Read more here.
To learn more about the Young Clergy Initiative, visit Explorecalling.