AU School of Theology recently received a $5,000 grant for scholarship support from the Chatlos Foundation. The scholarship was created to help pastors from small churches attend online seminary courses.
About 70% of all Church of God congregations have fewer than 100 regular attenders. As a result many pastors have difficulty financing seminary education. Many pastors are bi-vocational or retired minsters who continue serving in retirement.
This scholarship aims at alleviating part of that burden. "I am excited that the Chatlos Foundation has provided this innovative scholarship, which will allow the pastor of a small church to take the online Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree that we offer at the School of Theology," said John Aukerman.
"We are particularly concerned about relieving the burden of debt repayment for our graduates, because many are intending to minister with church settings or to under-served populations where they cannot expect high remunerations." said David Sebastian, Dean of the School of Theology.
"I look forward to receiving applications from pastors of small churches, and to making the announcement of the pastor chosen to receive this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Aukerman.
To apply for the scholarship, download the application. The application deadline is May 15.
—David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.