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Below are some frequently asked questions about the Ministerial Education Fund.  If you have additional questions, please contact us and we will try to answer.

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What is the Ministerial Education Fund?
What schools are supported through the Ministerial Education Fund?
How is the money distributed?
How can I get a Ministerial Education Fund scholarship?
Does the Ministerial Education Fund only help students?
How much money was remitted to the Ministerial Education Fund in the last three years?
Can I give to the Ministerial Education Fund online?
Where can I order promotional resources for the Ministerial Education Fund?
What is GBHEM and how is it related to the Ministerial Education Fund?


What is the Ministerial Education Fund?

The Ministerial Education Fund is one of the seven apportioned funds of The United Methodist Church. Since 1968 the Ministerial Education Fund apportionment has helped thousands of men and women become pastoral leaders in The United Methodist Church.

It is nurtured and funded by United Methodists to provide vitally needed scholarships through annual conferences, essential funds for the support of our 13 United Methodist seminaries in the United States, programs that encourage men and women to respond to the call to ordained ministry, continuing-education opportunities for pastors across the connection and course-of-study education for local pastors.

What schools are supported through the Ministerial Education Fund?

Boston University School of Theology
Boston, MA
www.bu.edu/sth

Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Atlanta, GA
candler.emory.edu

Claremont School of Theology
Claremont, CA
www.cst.edu

Drew University
Madison, NJ
www.drew.edu/theo

Duke University, The Divinity School
Durham, NC
www.divinity.duke.edu

Gammon Theological Seminary
Atlanta, GA
www.gammonseminary.org

Garrett-Evangelical Thological Seminary
Evanston, IL
www.garrett.edu

Iliff School of Theology
Denver, CO
www.iliff.edu

Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Delaware, OH
www.mtso.edu

Perkins School of Theology
Dallas, TX
www.smu.edu/theology

Saint Paul School of Theology
Kansas City, MO
www.spst.edu

United Theological Seminary
Trotwood, OH
www.united.edu

Wesley Theological Seminary
Washington, DC
www.wesleysem.edu

United Methodist seminaries are committed to: educating new leadership; creating new places of worship and renewing existing congregations, engagning in ministry with the poor and fighting killer diseases of poverty.

How is the money distributed?

For most United Methodist seminaries, Ministerial Education Fund (MEF) disbursement accounts for 12 to 20 percent of their annual budget: 25% of the receipts assist candidates for ministry, to support continuing education for pastors and clergy recruitment and to provide financial aid for students in your annual conference; 75 % is disbursed to the 13 United Methodist seminaries to assist candidates for ordained ministry through scholarships and faculty salaries. It also goes to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to support the work of the Division of Ordained Ministry.

How can I get a Ministerial Education Fund scholarship?

Scholarships through the Ministerial Education Fund are awarded through your annual conference. To find your annual conference, please visit The United Methodist Church website.

Does the Ministerial Education Fund only help students?

The Ministerial Education Fund helps more than just students. In addition to scholarships for seminary students, clergy can receive funding to attend continuing education opportunities. Also, a portion of the monies remitted go to support the seminaries.

How much money was remitted to the Ministerial Education Fund in the last three years?

In 2012 $17,397,764 was remitted, in 2011 $17,327,840 was remitted and in 2010 $17,494,831 was remitted.

Can I give to the Ministerial Education Fund online?

You can not give online to the Ministerial Education Fund. We hope to be able to offering online giving to the apportioned funds in the future. However, you can remit money to your local church and designate it for the Ministerial Education Fund.

Where can I order promotional resources for the Ministerial Education Fund?

Follow this link to order free promotional resources for the Ministerial Education Fund.

What is GBHEM and how is it related to the Ministerial Education Fund?

GBHEM is the acronym for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  The Ministerial Education Fund supports the programs of enlistment, education ahd support for clergy through the Division of Ordained Ministry, which is a division of GBHEM.  Also, Course of Study and Basic Graduate Theological Studies are supported through the Division of Ministry.  For more information about the Divison of Ordained ministry, please visit their website.

Through the 75% of remitted monies, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry supports and nurtures our future and current clergy members

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The Ministerial Education Fund
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
The United Methodist Church
PO Box 340007
Nashville, TN 37203-0007

615-340-7389 office
615-340-7048 fax
dom@gbhem.org