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United Methodist Studies Scholarship for Part-time Students

Eligibility

This program of financial assistance is designed to assist persons seeking professinoal certification in a specialized ministry area, deacon candidates, full-time or part-time local pastors who have completed the course of study, associate members of an annual conference, and ordained ministers transferring in from other denominations.

  1. The student must be enrolled (officially registered in the school) as a special student or as a part-time degree student in a school approved by the United Methodist University Senate. Full-time students in seminary degree programs are not eligible for this subsidy.  Full-time is defined by the school.
  2. PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION STUDIES: (Check with your annual conference for enrollment requirements) Students must complete a one-time enrollment form with the Division of Ordained Ministry, Education Team and their annual conference. The form (HE4064) is available from the school, their conference board, or the Division of Ordained Ministry, Education Team.
  3. BASIC GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (DEACON CANDIDATES): The applicant must have applied to the Division of Ordained Ministry through their district superintendent by completing the Candidacy Online Application, indicating their intention to become a deacon in full connection in the UMC, and have been assigned a candidacy mentor.  Requests by persons who have not applied to be candidates for deacon in full connection will be denied. (Deacon Candidates taking certification courses should be enrolled using form HE4064.)
  4. ADVANCED COURSE OF STUDY : For full-time and part-time local pastors who have completed the course of study, associate members of annual conferences, and ordained ministers transferring in from other denominations. Students taking Advanced Course of Study courses through Course of Study schools are not eligible for this scholarship. Advanced Course of Study students are required to balance foundational courses (Bible, Theology, and Church History) with functional courses (Worship, Preaching, Counseling, etc.) in the 32 semester hour curriculum required for ordination under the provisions of ¶324.6 of The Book of Discipline.
  5. Application for United Methodist Studies scholarship must be submitted to the seminary/school registrar for verification of enrollment in certification studies, basic graduate theological studies, or advance course of study. 
  6. Submit applications to GBHEM following the start date for the named course. Students who do not complete a course or withdraw are ineligible to receive these funds to repeat the course. Availability of funds may result in the lowering of the amount of the grant.
  7. Online course credit hours for Advance Course of Study (ACOS) and Deacon Studies (BGTS) may not exceed a total of ten (10) semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours). Online course credit hours for Professional Certification Studies may not exceed more than one third of the course work completed for certification. The Division of Ordained Ministry will review, approve or deny each grant application received based on compliance with the requirements.
  8. Application for funds must be submitted during the year in which the course(s) are taken. Funding is not available retroactively for courses taken in previous years.  For questions regarding professional certification, deacon, or advanced course of study, contact Division of Ordained Ministry, Education Team Coordinator, PO Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007. 615-340-7375, fax 615-340-7377

 

REQUIRED COURSES

 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION STUDIES: Students must complete a one-time enrollment form with the Division of Ordained Ministry, Education Team, and their annual conference (Form HE4064). The form is available from the school, their conference board, or the Division of Ordained Ministry, Education Team.

 

Online course credit hours may not exceed a total of three (3) semester (or equivalent quarter) hours.

Christian Education:

*Teaching Biblical Faith; Teaching Theology; Administration/Leadership; Teaching/Learning; UM Studies—History, Doctrine, or Polity (one 2-hr course)

Children’s Ministry

*Teaching Biblical Faith, Teaching Theology, Teaching/Learning, Children’s Ministries in the Church, UM Studies—History, Doctrine, or Polity (one 2-hr course)

Camp/Retreat (required Core courses)

Faith Formation and Christian Living (Bible course requirement); The Theology and Ecology of Common Ground; Ministry of Camp/Retreat Center Management; UM Studies—History, Doctrine or Polity. (one 2-hr course)

[Electives (choose 1): Biblical Foundations for Camp/Retreat Ministry; Developing Christian Camp/Retreat Curriculum and Events; Developing Environmental Education/Social Justice Programs; Partnering with Ethnic Leaders and Communities in Camp/Retreat Ministries; Fund-raising and Financing for Camp/Retreat; Volunteer & Staff Hiring, Training and Supervision for Non-profit Organizations]

Evangelism:

*Teaching Biblical Faith, Teaching Theology, Evangelism as Outreach & Growth, Evangelism as Congregational Care; UM Studies—History, Doctrine or Polity (one 2-hr course)

Music Ministry

*Teaching Biblical Faith, Teaching Theology, Music Ministry  Specialized Skill Development; UM Studies--History Doctrine or Polity (one 2-hr course)

Older Adult

*Teaching Biblical Faith; Teaching Theology; Ministry with Older Adults; Specialized Course to be determined by Seminary; UM Studies—History, Doctrine or Polity (one 2-hr course)

Spiritual Formation

Teaching for Biblical Faith; Spiritual Direction/Companionship; Practicum in Spiritual Direction/Companionship; Spiritual Disciplines for Personal & Parish Renewal OR Prayer in Christian Ministry; UM Studies—History, Doctrine or Polity (one 2-hr course)

Youth Ministry

*Teaching Biblical Faith; Teaching Theology; Ministry with Youth; Adolescent World; UM Studies—History, Doctrine or Polity (one 2-hr course)

*Teaching Biblical Faith and Teaching Theology courses are to be related to the ministry area you are seeking certification

 

BASIC GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (DEACON CANDIDATES): The applicant must have applied to the Division of Ordained Ministry through their district superintendent using the Candidacy Online process, indicating their intention to become a deacon in full connection in the UMC, and have been assigned a candidacy mentor. Online course credit hours may not exceed a total of ten (10) semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours). Requests by persons who have not applied to be candidates for deacon in full connection will be denied.

 

 

Required Courses

Evangelism; New Testament; Old Testament; Church History; Theology; Mission of the Church in the World; Worship and Liturgy;

 UM History, UM Polity, and UM Doctrine

NOTE : If you are a deacon candidate taking certification courses, you need to enroll in certification studies using form HE4064.

 

ADVANCED COURSE OF STUDY: For full-time and part-time local pastors who have completed the course of study; associate members of annual conferences, and ordained ministers transferring in from another denomination. Students taking Advanced Course of Study courses through Course of Study schools are not eligible for this scholarship.  Advanced Course of Study students are required to balance foundational courses (Bible, Theology, and Church History) with functional courses (Worship, Preaching, Counseling, etc.) in the 32 semester hour curriculum required for ordination under the provisions of ¶324.6 of The Book of Discipline. Online course credit hours may not exceed a total of ten (10) semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours).

 

Advanced

Course of Study

Evangelism; UM History, UM Polity, and UM Doctrine;

Other elective courses

 

Amount

$200 per semester hour for each required 2-hour or 3-hour course (or equivalent)

Deadline

Not specified

Application

Download the application. 

For more information, e-mail:
deacons@gbhem.org or certification@gbhem.org

http://www.gbhem.org

 

 

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