The Central Conference
Theological Education Fund
The Central Conference Theological Education Fund (CCTEF) was established by the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The UMC continues to live out Charles Wesley’s vision: to “unite the pair so long disjoined – knowledge and vital piety.” The commission has awarded over 154 grants, increasing the capacity of leaders in mission fields, developed contextual resources and supported innovations in education and ministry, and enabled sustainable programs and practices. in the Central Conferences in Africa, Europe and the Philippines.
The General Conference adopted the following categories as appropriate uses for the funding:
- Development of theological schools
- Development of Courses of Study
- Development of libraries and contextually developed resources
- Scholarships and faculty development
- Support for associations and networks of faculty and schools
- Support for new and innovative approaches to theological education
CCTEF Initiative’s Impact
The CCTEF helps advance theological education in all central conferences by strengthening theological institutions, creating networks among these schools, and increasing access to theological education.
The commission lifts these examples of CCTEF impact in four areas:
Development of contextual education and resources
New and innovative initiatives
Application forms and all materials related to the CCTEF grant application process must be submitted through the online application program.
In 2021 the CCTEF awarded 98 grants totaling $1,672,600