Shared Ministries - Ministerial Education Fund - Frequent Questions
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?
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.
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.
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.
Scholarships through the Ministerial Education Fund are awarded through your annual conference. To find your annual conference, please visit The United Methodist Church website.
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.
In 2012 $17,397,764 was remitted, in 2011 $17,327,840 was remitted and in 2010 $17,494,831 was remitted.
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.
Follow this link to order free promotional resources for 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.Return to top.