How do MIDs apply?
Churches 2017 Deadline = March 10!
Dear members of the Iowa Conference,
As many of you know, it is expensive to train ordained clergy. Sadly, as time has gone on the burden of paying for education has shifted from the denomination to the student, leaving many members in discernment and pastors deeply in debt. This isn’t a sustainable trend that will lead to a healthy future for the United Church of Christ.
I’d like to share with you something we’re doing in Iowa to address this issue. Last spring I went to the Conference Board of Directors and I proposed the creation of an Iowa-wide special offering. This offering is called Funding Future Leadership: Scholarships for Ministry Preparation, and it will be taken on January 15, 2017. Aspiring leaders are taking big financial risks so they can serve the needs of the church, so we as a church should do more to help them in their time of need.
The board has appointed oversight committee to get this new ministry started. The members of the oversight committee are Chad Savage, Molly Dowell Baum, Paul Lasley, Katherine Mulhern, and myself as chairperson. As this is something new and the oversight committee works on smoothing out all the rough edges of this new project, I do ask for patience in the beginning. Early donations before the January 15 offering are welcome, and all checks may be made out to the Iowa Conference.
There are ways that CCAM and the associations can be of help:
1: Let your MID’s know about this offering. After we take the offering in January, there will be applications sent out so they can apply for scholarships. Let them know in advance that this will be happening.
2: Spread the word. Let churches, pastors, and lay leaders know that this offering will be coming up.
More information will be sent out to all our Iowa churches as time goes on, but the more awareness people have for this offering the greater success it will be.
3: Have someone come in and speak about the offering. If you have any association functions, COM meetings, or other events where a member of the oversight committee could come in and give a quick presentation, please let me know. We will try our best to accommodate requests.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact me by calling me at (218) 474-0202 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This offering is important to making sure we have skilled, competent leaders who will take our churches into the future.
Blessings to all,
The Rev. Charles Owens
Osage United Church of Christ
Funding Future Leadership – Program:
* Letter to the churches – explanation of materials
* Letter to the churches – 2017 Deadline
* Offering envelope template
* Pew cards template
* New remittance form (Paper copy of remittance form if your church chooses to mail a check to the Conference office. Choose line “Funding Future Leadership” and include with your total amount of donations from your church.)
* Donate as an Individual (Electronic opportunity to donate…Scroll down to Funding Future Leadership; add donation amount)
* Donate as a Church (Electronic opportunity to donate…Scroll down to Funding Future Leadership; add donation amount)
* Bulletin inserts
* Sample newsletter article
* Two 8 1/2 x 11 fliers
* Two 11 x 17 fliers