Continuing Education & Grants for Clergy
The 1970 Diocesan Convention adopted a policy to include funds in the diocesan budget to assist clergy in financing their continuing education. The resolution also recommended that the Bishop and Diocesan Executive Council and all vestries support their clergy in their professional development by:
- Providing annually at least one week for continuing education in addition to vacation time, and
- Providing financial aid to assist their clergy in funding programs of continuing education. Since 1992, Diocesan policy is that each parish provide a minimum dollar amount annually for each active clergy person. The current minimum is $1,750.
The guidelines for Diocesan grants are as follows:
- Diocesan grants for continuing education are intended to be need-based since funds are limited. Preference is given to those who have not previously received
- Continuing education grants are applied to a program, course, or other educational event. With clear and compelling explanations, grants may also be applied to travel or research.
- It is expected that the total expenses will be shared equally, with the clergy person, the parish, and the diocese each contributing one third of the cost.
- Grants may be awarded to non-parochial and retired clergy, as well as to those who are secularly employed, if the continuing education program can clearly be shown to enhance the recipient’s ordained ministry. If the clergy person does not have a parish, the tuition/fees may be divided equally, with the clergy person and the diocese each contributing half.
- Grants may be awarded for up to $1500 a year. The total amount received by any grant recipient shall not exceed $3000 in any three-year period.
- Retroactive grants will not be made. Applications must be received in the diocesan office at least 30 days before the program begins.
- Within 30 days after the program ends, the clergy person is expected to complete an evaluation (provided with the application) that will be returned to the
- Chairperson of the Commission on Ministry. Additional grants will be made to an applicant only after this evaluation is received