The Recruitment for Ministry Grant is available to leaders in ministry. Eligible applicants are:
- Alumni/ae of FTE’s Undergraduate, Doctoral, Congregational, Ministry or Volunteers Exploring Vocation (VEV) Fellowship programs in post seminary ministry;
- Alumni/ae of the Transition-into-Ministry (TiM) program in the first five years after the TiM program;
- Invited individuals who are leaders of congregations, academic institutions or church-related organizations.
Young people exploring the intersection between their faith, gifts and what they might do professionally, do not always considered Christian ministry as a way to make a difference in the world. Young adults need leaders who can put ministry before them and who notice, name and nurture the gifts they have for ministry. This grant provides leaders in ministry opportunities to:
- Identify young adults who have gifts for ministry,
- Expand their view of what they might do through the church,
- Meet with them periodically, and
- Cultivate them for ministry.
Applicants may apply for a one-year grant up to $2,000 to recruit young adults for Christian ministry.
The application deadlines are February 15 and September 15. Please submit applications before midnight Pacific Time on these dates. Applicants will be notified within two weeks after the application deadline. In instances where there is a holiday involved, please allow additional time to receive notification.
Grant recipients are required to provide an annual report on their recruitment efforts within 12 months after they receive their award.
Click here to submit an online application. Applicants are required to answer the following questions within the application:
- Activities for recruitment. Applications should provide a description (up to 4 pp.) of what the applicant plans to do to recruit young adults for ministry.
- Use of funds. Applicants must include a budget (1p.) for how funds will be used.
FTE will evaluate applications using the following criteria:
- Leaders working in a context with young adults who are open to exploring a call to Christian ministry and who have not already decided to pursue ministry.
- A track record or gifts for recruiting or working with young adults.
- A desire to expose young adults to ways faith communities can be places where they can make a difference in the world.
- A commitment to participate in FTE’s research project on recruitment for ministry.
- A commitment to participate in the annual summer FTE Christian Leadership Forum (date TBD).