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GBHEM Awards Six Ethnic In-Service Training Grants

Nicole Burdakin
February 5, 2014

Six Ethnic In-Service Training grants – totaling $52,500 – were awarded by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to projects that aim to recruit, train, and retain ethnic United Methodists for leadership roles in every level of the church.

“The UMC should be proud of its outreach through these grants,” said Cynthia Bond Hopson, GBHEM’s assistant general secretary for the Black College Fund and Ethnic Concerns.

“Every project we fund allows a local church or entity to reach beyond itself to serve, inspire, and make a difference. Many of this year’s projects will offer life-changing opportunities for youth, pastors, and laity,” said Hopson.

Funding for EIST grants comes from contributions to the World Communion Sunday Special Offering.

Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc., a university, a local church, annual conferences, and a Wesley Foundation were among the recipients of the 2013 grants.

Programs which received grants are:

1.      The Gateway North District of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference received $7,500 to establish a Digital Ministry Leadership Development program. This program will be primarily aimed at training and equipping ethnic clergy and laity in 61 churches located in urban settings.

2.      Duke University received $10,000 for the South Sudan Theological Training Initiative. This initiative is a collaborative effort of the United Methodist faculty at Duke Divinity School and the Holston and East Africa Annual Conferences and aims to provide basic theological education for 20 United Methodist pastors of the Yei District in South Sudan.

3.      Lake Park United Methodist Church, Oakland, Calif., received $10,000 to develop Cambodian church leadership in the five Cambodian churches and fellowships in the California-Nevada Annual Conference.  The goals for this grant are twofold: the training of pastoral and lay leadership and equipping pastors for ministry.

4.      The Tennessee Annual Conference received $10,000 for the SEE Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program, designed to assist in scholarships for students who are members of the Golden Triangle Fellowship at Belmont United Methodist Church and are graduating from high school. Many of these teens, who are refugees from Myanmar and Thailand, will be the first from their families to graduate from high school.

5.      The Alcorn State University Wesley Foundation received $5,000 for youth camp outreach. According to the Center for American Progress, in 2010, Mississippi had the fifth worst gun-death rate for children ages 0-18. This outreach ministry will have a positive emotional and spiritual impact on the lives of the camp participants and the ASU Campus Ministry by encouraging safety and educating on improper use of guns and the importance of human life.

6.      Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc., (BMCR) received $10,000 for the Harambee Youth Conference, which BMCR sponsors every other year to provide a place for young people, ages 12-18, to connect, attend workshops on discerning God’s purpose for their lives, develop leadership skills, and have a place to witness to their faith.

“I am always excited about the variety of projects we fund,” Hopson said.

EIST grant applications are open for another round of funding through June 30, 2014.

Applications are encouraged from partnerships and collaborative efforts between and with campus ministries, chaplaincies, institutions of higher education, and general agencies. Other ministry settings eligible for EIST grants are innovative, creative programming for children’s homes, retirement homes, camping and retreat centers, and hospitals.

Learn more about EIST grants here.

Burdakin is editorial and production assistant, Office of Interpretation, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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