Young Clergy Initiative

In the year 2032, if trends continue, the United Methodist Church will face a shortage of trained ordained elders for appointment to local congregations. This was just one of the factors which led the 2012 General Conference to create a $7 million Young Clergy Initiative Fund designed to “increase the number of young clergy among the jurisdictional conferences,” to be administered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). – by Jay Voorhees, Special Contributor

The Seminary Indebtedness Task Force is a subset of the GBHEM Young Clergy Initiative formed after General Conference passed Petition 20868. The SITF is charged with creating a denominational plan to reduce and eliminate seminary debt for certified candidates for ordained ministry. A final report is to be presented to the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table in 2015 and submitted to the 2016 General Conference.

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