Providing scholarship aid to poor and deserving Master of Divinity students.
Describe the need affecting community
The United Methodist Church in the Philippines is rapidly growing in the number of local church and mission congregations. The need is for theologically trained pastors to nurture these new converts and establish them in faith. Being a predominantly Roman Catholic country, the burden of church leadership is to think through our cultural traditions and social issues with the intention of making the gospel relevant in our context. The UMC requires its clergy to obtain seminary education, but the process is quite expensive. Financial incapacity is the hindrance for most pastors yearning for seminary education.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
The Wesley Divinity School Scholarships Program will directly address the financial need of seminary students by raising funds for scholarship assistance. Ideally, the establishment of a sizable trust fund would offer a long-term solution but it’s a tall order. Our Advance Project is intentional in establishing a network of generous individuals whose passion is to support the theological education of pastors who are being trained to lead the church in its mission and ministry. Invest in people who will make disciples of Christ to transform society.
Describe the primary goal of the project
The projects aims to provide financial assistance that would enable seminary students to complete their theological education.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project
Investing in the seminary education of the clergy is a worthy endeavor and a lasting legacy. Spiritual leaders wield a great influence in the community toward the moral life and spirituality, and the working for peace, harmony, and compassion toward those in the margins of society.