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 conversationseventsexperimentsresourcesresearch, and training.

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

Purpose & Goals
project list

Applications

A NEW PROCESS IS BEING PREPARED

To more effectively respond to the church’s needs, the YCI’s goals, and the church’s financial environment, GBHEM is developing a new process for YCI applications, awards, distribution, and reporting. This new process is being developed as quickly as possible because we know the need is great to innovate and support vocational discernment work. This page will share the most up-to-date YCI information. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. [As of March 29, conversations are still be had to discern the best way to proceed.]

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.