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the young clergy initiative

The Young Clergy Initiative is a $7 million fund created by General Conference in 2012 and 2016 that is charged with increasing the number of young clergy within jurisdictional conferences of The United Methodist Church by encouraging opportunities that leverage for denominational change on systemic and cultural levels through various conversations, events, experiments, resources, research, and training.

The YCI invites grant requests that assist young people to listen for, discern, and respond well to God’s call to ordained ministry.

request for proposals
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keep in mind…

  • How well does this project connect with other organizations? (agencies, BOMs, seminaries, bishops, annual conferences, and cabinets)
  • How tightly is the project’s purpose tied to the purpose of the YCI? (increase the # of young clergy)
  • Are the project’s goals clearly defined?
  • Are the project’s finances feasible?
  1. Applications can be submitted between January 15 and March 15.
  2. Click on the “BEGIN APPLICATION” at the bottom of this section.
  3. Create a Fluid Review account with unique user ID and password.
  4. Add co-applicants if you’d like others to be able to login and enter application text. (this is optional)
  5. Enter application information. You may save your place and return later to continue. All entered information will be saved.
  6. Upload your project’s budget as a PDF.
  7. Once you’ve completed and submitted the application, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Fluid Review.
  8. Awards will be announced in June.
  • If you have any technical issues with the application, contact Fluid Review through your account.
  • If you have any process questions regarding the application, contact

preview application questions
Begin Application
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surveys & evaluations


what we’re learning

Relationships are more important than programs.

It takes time to change a culture… longer than you think.

Youth are feeling called but not into ministry areas many leaders are focused on.

Leaders want help with having vocational discernment conversations.

Youth want to be in conversation with other youth about their discernment.

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A variety of projects, programs, and experiences are supported by the Young Clergy Initiative. Find out who’s being supported, what type of work they’re doing, and where those experiences are being offered.

project list

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yci contact