Continuing Education Assistance for Clergy
Ordained, commissioned and licensed local pastors who are members of the Desert Southwest Conference and are under appointment are eligible for scholarship assistance for continuing education. Clergy seeking financial aid for continuing education can click the button below to download the application for funds. The Board of Ordained Ministry provides up to $1,000 every quadrennium through our MEF funds. Please request funds at least one month before the event to ensure approval. ** Payments can be designated to go directly to the institution or group for registration fees or can be reimbursed to the minster in cases of airfare, etc. Money that is given directly to the minister without receipts for reimbursement is considered taxable income. If you are looking for a new continuing education course, try one of these courses recommended by fellow clergy in the DSC.
** Covid-19 update: We understand that many continuing education classes have been postponed or canceled. Likewise, since General Conference has also been postponed and budgets cannot be voted on until the fall of 2021, the window for applying for a MEF scholarship has been extended through December 31, 2021. If you have not taken advantage of your scholarship this quadrennium yet, you may apply for MEF funds through the end of 2021.
Assistance for Overwhelming Medical Expenses for Clergy
The William C. & Elizabeth A. Botkin Ministers’ Emergency Loan Fund and John R. Scott Clergy Crisis Fund clergy are available to active and retired clergy in the Desert Southwest Conference who are experiencing unusual and burdensome medical expenses. Clergy can apply for both scholarships through this one application. Applications are considered year-round by BOOM based on clergy need. **
MEF Pulpit Fund
MEF Pulpit Supply Funds are available for churches whose pastors are on leave for six weeks or greater, with a priority for those whose leave is an emergency and not scheduled. Amount requested must not exceed 50% of the cost of pulpit supply while the pastor is on leave. Limited funding is available and at a first-come, first-served basis. **
Don’t forget to look for funding with the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry!
GBHEM has loans and grants for certified candidates pursuing careers in ministry, funding for specialized training, funding for doctorate programs and loan hardship assistance. As of August 2018, GBHEM has doubled the amount students can borrow. Find out more here!