Pastors in training offered increased tuition assistance

August 16, 2021
Starting in fall 2021, Kentucky pastors in training who receive Methodist Education Fund assistance will receive significantly more aid than in recent years, thanks to a surplus in the fund that provides a portion of the money.

At the 2021 Annual Conference in June, members approved a recommendation by a task team to increase the reimbursement for seminary students studying to become pastors and also those in the Course of Study program training to become local pastors, said Courtney Garrett, the Conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry Registrar.

Seminary students will be eligible for $325 per credit hour, an increase from the previous sliding scale based on age that started as low as $55 per credit hour. Now, all seminary students regardless of age will be eligible for the $325 rate.

Local pastors in the Course of Study program will receive $250 for each successfully completed course, an increase from either $125 or $200 per course, depending on age, Garrett said.

MEF funding began in 1968. Garrett said careful stewardship of the fund in Kentucky over the past several years allowed it to grow to the point that additional reimbursement assistance can be offered.

Members of the task force were: Rev. Kevin Burney, Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Ministerial Services; Revs. Sam McConkey, Scott Woodburn and Phil Bradley; Heather DuVall, the Conference’s Controller; Pam Moran, the former Council on Finance & Administration Chair; and Garrett.

Here is a link to the MEF page with all the details: Kentucky Conference: Methodist Education Fund (MEF) (kyumc.org)