By Jan Love, Professor of Christianity and World Politics at Candler School of Theology
As Candler’s admissions team recruits our Fall 2022 entering class, I want to update you on some of the newest opportunities available to United Methodist students at Candler. [If you read this and have any questions, please contact Rev. Dee Dee Azhikakath, Board of Ordained Ministry Registrar at .]
First, did you know that all certified candidates for United Methodist ordination who are admitted to Candler’s Master of Divinity program receive a scholarship for 100% of tuition? In 2019, we launched the United Methodist Certified Candidate (UMC3) scholarship, underscoring Candler’s commitment to preparing ordained leaders in the UMC. Students should apply by the March 1, 2022, extended priority deadline to be considered for the UMC3 scholarship.
Next, Candler has expanded our options for student pastors—even if they’re serving in communities far from campus. Our unique Remote Teaching Parish Program allows student pastors to begin their MDiv studies remotely, still benefiting from Candler’s world-renowned faculty while completing classes online and earning course credit for serving a local UMC congregation. This is an incredible opportunity for students to gain valuable experience in local churches in their home conference, develop deep mentorship with seasoned pastors, and learn in a cohort of other student pastors all over the country. Remote Teaching Parish students will come to campus for short immersive experiences and use their conference-sanctioned ministry settings as contexts for gaining credit toward their degree.
I encourage you to invite prospective students to learn more about these and other benefits Candler offers by attending an online info session on Mon., Jan. 31, 2022, at 12pm (EST). Students can register at: https://bit.ly/info-session-jan31.
For more information on Candler’s Remote Teaching Parish and scholarship programs, please join the Rev. Dr. Tom Elliott, Director of Candler’s Teaching Parish program, and Sam Martinez, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, for a Zoom conversation on Fri., Feb. 4, 2022, at 1:00 pm (EST). You can register at: https://bit.ly/UMC-Leader-Session.
We at Candler are working hard to remove financial, geographical, and other barriers from the paths of those called to ministry. Thank you in advance for sharing these newest developments with students and other leaders who might be interested. I’m grateful for all you do in raising up future leaders for the church.
Grace and Peace,
Mary Lee Hardin Willard Dean;
Professor of Christianity and World Politics
Candler School of Theology|Emory University