Longsdorf Fund

CRITERIA FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION ASSISTANCE

Continuing education is important for both the church and the pastor.  According to the Society for the Advancement of Continuing Education for Ministry (SACEM), continuing education focuses upon:  • the enrichment of ministry

  •  the up-grading of skills
  • the re-evaluating of priorities
  • the lifting of morale
  • liberation and creativity
  • personal autonomy  The Penn Northeast Conference sets aside a modest sum of money annually to provide scholarships for continuing education.  It is always hoped that the local church and the individual pastor will contribute a share of the cost as well as make application to the Conference fund.

 

Because the Penn Northeast Conference recognizes that formal continuing education is an aspect of lifelong learning, the Conference makes funding available through invested funds.  Each year the Church and Ministry Committee receives investment income that is divided to fund three ways that ordained ministers can participate in continuing education:

1 Individual Pastors Participation in Programs and Events Organized by Educational Institutions

  1. Groups Of Pastors, or Conference Committees Organize Educational Events Or Enrichment Programs
  2. The Church and Ministry Committee of the Conference Organizes Educational Or Enrichment Programs In Which Conference Clergy Are Invited To Participate
  3. At the beginning of each year, the Church and Ministry Committee will apportion the amount in the fund among these three areas, basing this apportionment on the requests made the previous year.

DETAILS ACCOMPANYING ASSISTANCE CLASSIFICATIONS

 

Individual Pastors Participating in Programs and Events Organized by Educational Institutions 1 Short-Term Opportunities • The sum normally granted for seminars, workshops, retreats, etc., not exceeding four days in length shall be up to $100 per event.

  • The application for assistance shall be made at least one month prior to the start of the event.
  • A brief written description of the event is required with the application.   2 Intermediate Term Opportunities  a The sum normally granted for seminars, workshops, retreats, etc., not exceeding two weeks in length shall be up to $200 per event.
  • The application for assistance shall be made at least one month prior to the start of the event.
  • A brief written description of the event is required with the application.
  • The maximum amount available for (A) and (B) in one year is $200.   3 Degree Programs a The sum normally granted a degree candidate shall be up to $350 per academic year with a limit for the program of $1,050.
  • The application for assistance shall be made at least three months prior to the start of the program.
  • A brief written description of the program to be pursued and degree sought is required with the application.  It is assumed the degree will be pursued in an accredited institution.
  • A person receiving a grant for the degree program is not eligible for grants given under categories (A) and (B).
  • Upon completion of a year’s academic work, a written report of the year’s work shall be submitted to the Conference Minister.

Assistance For Groups Of Pastors Or Conference Committees’ Organized Educational Events Or Enrichment Programs  

Continuing education goals are also achieved in group settings. Proposals from groups of clergy are also encouraged. Realizing that these events or programs most often fit into the category of “Short-Term Opportunities” listed above, the amount of support for the group will be the amount for the individual pastors participating, up to the amount of $1,000.

Proposals should be submitted a few months before the event and should describe the purpose of the event, the names of pastors participating, or the number anticipated.

 

Funding For Events Implemented by The Church and Ministry Committee

The Church and Ministry Committee sponsors continuing education events that address the perceived need of the Conference’s ordained ministers. A portion of the annual income will fund these efforts. For the past few years the Committee has succeeded in fully funding these events, so that clergy and their institutional settings for ministry are not asked to contribute financially, only offer their commitment of time and energy.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Church & Ministry Committee will consider requests for assistance.  This Committee will have the discretion to make exceptions to the above criteria.  Applications are listed below:

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