Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has named the Ministerial Education Fund as the 2018 Annual Conference Special Offering.
Your giving makes it possible for leaders who’ve been called and gifted by God to faithfully serve The United Methodist Church.
The Ministerial Education Fund has helped thousands of men and women become pastoral leaders in The United Methodist Church. Chances are seminary students from your congregation or the pastor of your church was a recipient of MEF. It is nurtured and funded by United Methodists to provide scholarships to seminary and undergraduate students, course-of-study for local pastors, and license to preach school.
Aligning with the theme of the 2018 Annual Conference, "Moving Toward Perfection in Love," this fund is one way United Methodists can show our support to those called to serve as clergy. Together we can help minimize debt of North Georgia United Methodists beginning in ministry.
"Receiving MEF in seminary meant that my conference cared about me and my development and training as a future clergy woman," said Rev. Joya Abrams, associate pastor at Decatur First UMC. "When your conference helps to fund your education, it means that a body of people believe in you. It helped to remind me of the depth of the connection."
MEF is a general church apportioned fund of which 25 percent is retained by our conference. But 100 percent of the giving to the Annual Conference Special Offering will go to United Methodist seminary and course of study students in our Conference.
Churches are invited to collect the offering any time before Annual Conference 2018, but many choose the first Sunday in June.
One person per church will present a check during the Service of Remembrance on Wednesday, June 13, at 2 p.m. and the Ordination Service on Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m.
Please give generously to the Annual Conference Special Offering.
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