Scholarships for commissioned clergy

Disciples Home Missions now has limited funds for continuing education grants to commissioned clergy of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The following is the criteria by which eligibility for grant will be determined.

Grants can be made to individual clergy for training and educational events. All grant funds must be used within the calendar year for which the grant is awarded.

Information and eligibility

Applicants are commissioned clergy with standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), or persons who are in the process of being commissioned by a regional commission/committee on the ministry. Eligible persons should be listed as commissioned ministers in the regions where they have standing or have a letter from the region stating they are candidates for commissioning.

  • As these are continuing education funds, commissioned theological students are not eligible for these funds.
  • An applicant must hold standing as a Commissioned Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or approved for standing based on call as a minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
  • Preference for continuing education grants will be given to persons attending events which enhance their leadership skills; such events include preaching, administration, Bible study, theology, and education.
  • Recipients are limited to a maximum of one grant in a 12-month period, and no more than three grants within any contiguous six years.
  • Occasionally, due to limited amounts of funds that are available to be awarded in any specific year, the number and more-recent nature of previous awards for each clergy applicant may be a factor that eliminates them from consideration, in favor of other candidates who’ve never before received such an award.
  • Recipients of continuing education scholarships are encouraged to contribute to the cost of their educational experience. In all cases, demonstrated financial need will be a strong factor in determining the amount of the grant.
  • When requests exceed funds available, preference will be given to those with the greatest need, and/or for whom no other funds are available.
  • Normally all the partners in continuing education …
    – the clergy applicant, as well as
    – the congregation, or other related employer, or sponsoring institutions or agencies,
    … are encouraged to invest financially in the proposed continuing education program in equitable amounts.
  • Each award is expected to be used for only the specific educational experience described in the application, and costs directly related to such (registration, travel, food, lodging), but cannot be used for personal items, electronic hardware/media/equipment, or supplies. All grant funds must be used within the calendar year for which the grant is awarded.
  • Currently, each applicant has the potential to receive a maximum $500 award in any one year.
  • No annual award is guaranteed until awarded, and a separate application must be made each year to be considered.
  • Applications will be received every year from September 1st through October 31st for grants awarded the following calendar year. Our goal is to send notification of the grants awards by mid-November and no later than the first week of December.
  • The amount awarded is no more than $500 per year, up to three years within any consecutive six-year period.
  • All questions on application form must be answered before an application can be processed; be sure to print a copy of the completed application form for your own records should any document verification be required.
  • No application will be processed until DHM has received the required information from the minister’s regional office. Please send your regional minister this regional online endorsement form link to complete on your behalf. For non-Regional Ministers with standing through the General Commission on Ministry, any regional or area ministerial staff person from any region may be chosen to provide a regional endorsement. Senior Regional Minister applicants will need a reference from their Regional Commission On Ministry chairperson, General Minister and President, or the Chair of GCOM. Associate Regional Ministers can choose their Senior Regional Minister or Regional Commission On Ministry chairperson as their referent. All other applicants must request the form be filled out by the regional or area minister of the region in which standing is held. Regional endorsements may not be completed by the person submitting the application.
  • It is each applicant’s responsibility to ensure their required materials reach the scholarship office of DHM before the application deadline.
  • Grants will be made only to those who propose to participate in a continuing education event recognized by an accrediting body beyond the sponsoring institution or organization; approved by a regional or general unit of the church; or endorsed by the regional commission on the ministry as a valid continuing education program. Denominational events such as General or Regional Assemblies, fellowship meetings, and ecumenical assemblies do not qualify for continuing education grants.
  • Grant recipients are responsible for submitting financial documentation (copies of itemized receipts, registration forms, etc.) to Disciples Home Missions, up to amount of grant award, following the completion of the education experience.  This should be done within 30 days after the completion of the event. Any unused or undocumented portion of the grant must be refunded back to Disciples Home Missions. Failure to comply with these requirements may disqualify a person from receiving future grants. An itemized list of expenses does NOT count as financial documentation without itemized receipts.
  • Grants can only be use for the expenses of the one who receives the award, and are not intended for costs related to guests, partners, spouses, or any other person.

You may apply by completing the online application form. If you have further questions, please contact the Clergy Continuing Education office at Disciples Home Missions.