CLERGY FINANCIAL FLOURISHING GRANTS AVAILABLE AGAIN
The RCA is relaunching the Ministerial Excellence Fund. Through a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and a matching gift from BOBS, over the next year, the RCA plans to give away over $300,000 to pastors to relieve and eliminate personal debt.
About the grant:
The Ministerial Excellence Fund is used to give grants to pastors to relieve the burden of personal debt. Half of the fund is a generous gift from the Lilly Endowment, and BOBS will match those funds to double the amount to give away.
The Lilly Endowment states this conviction: Financial burdens carried by pastoral leaders are significant barriers to effective, faithful, and fruitful ministry. BOBS couldn't agree more, which is why it has utilized this fund to help clergy become financially healthy.
Along with distributing money, BOBS will offer financial planning and education to equip pastors to lead well in their ministries.
If you want to donate to the fund-and have your funds matched-to help lessen pastors' personal debt, you can do so below.
Who can apply?
RCA pastors: ordained ministers of Word and sacrament (including specialized ministers) and commissioned pastors. The grant covers a range of debt, including student loans, medical debt, credit card debt, and other common forms of debt. Average grants given in the past have been $5,000. Grant amounts are based on need and criteria met.
to apply and for more information