To help churches raise the next generation of pastors and leaders, the Fund for Theological Education will be giving away grants to congregations that motivate young Christians to enter into ordained ministry. FTE will be offering grants of $5,000 to $12,000 for grassroots programs, up to 18 months in duration, that cultivate a sense of Christian vocation and the call to ministry among youth. This effort is part of the fund’s response to a growing shortage of young Christians entering into pastoral and clergy vocations. Less than 7% of clergy in mainline denominations today are under the age of 35; fewer seminary students seek a career as an ordained minister, and only 33% plan to work in a church. The goal is to jumpstart a culture where churches play a key role in guiding the youth to Christian vocation.
–Christian Post 7/23/08