Submitted by Pension Fund
For the fifth year, Pension Fund is receiving applications from across U.S. and Canada for the Excellence in Ministry program. This program, funded in part by our generous donors and the Lilly Endowment, strengthens the ministry of our most outstanding early-career pastors by providing them training in financial literacy and a grant to reduce financial stress.
Participants receive a grant of $10,000 which can be used to pay down educational debt, start an emergency fund, or save for retirement. The financial literacy education is provided by Pension Fund and financial partners like USA Today financial contributor Pete the Planner®.
Real quotes from recent participants:
“I used to think I was the only minister who felt stress about money. Now I know I’m not alone and I have people I can talk to.”
“I’m so grateful for this program and the opportunity it provided for my husband and I to ask the hard questions … to really be intentional about how we’re working together to build financial security for our future in ministry.”
“(Money) was a sore spot. It was something that had shame and guilt and problems surrounding it … and it’s like we were freed from that.”
To be eligible to apply, pastors should be:
- Serving in a paid position in congregational ministry (does not need to be senior pastor); and
- In their first five years since ordination or commissioning; and
- Credentialed Disciples of Christ with standing in the region (ordained or commissioned); and
- Available to attend the learning event with their spouse (expenses paid) on Aug. 6-8, 2020.
For more information and application materials, visit pensionfund.org/EIM. The deadline to apply is April 30.