Ministries

Financial aid for ministerial leaders

The Office of Financial Aid for Studies, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), administers the American Baptist Financial Aid Program that supports American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) clergy and lay leaders serving in church vocations with grants to enhance their skills for ministry.

Request an application for continuing education grants from:

Office of Financial Aid for Studies
American Baptist Home Mission Societies
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851

Phone: 800.ABC.3USA, x2067
Fax: 610.768.2470
Email: [email protected]

Cultivating NEW LIFE

The Cultivating NEW LIFE program provides grants of up to $300 to ministerial leaders to attend conferences, workshops and seminars focused on personal and congregation renewal. Ministerial leaders who are listed in the current ABCUSA Professional Registry may apply for this grant each year. Cultivating NEW LIFE grants may not be combined with other continuing education funding provided by ABHMS.

Applications must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of your participation.

Continuing Education Grants

Ministerial leaders preparing to visit one of the ABC-related Centers for the Ministry or participating in an ABC-related mission trip may apply for a grant of $250. Applicants must be listed in the current ABC Professional Registry. This grant may not be combined with Cultivating NEW LIFE grants or other continuing education funding provided by American Baptist Home Mission Societies. D. Min students are eligible for $250 awards each of their first two years of study.

Applications must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of your participation.

Seminarian Continuing Education Grants

Seminarians may apply for a one-time grant of up to $100 to attend a non-degree ABCUSA-related event (regional meeting, Biennial, etc.)

Applications must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of your participation.

Sabbatical/Study Leave Grants

Ministerial leaders may apply for a limited number of sabbatical grants. Grants are available once every five years and may not be combined with other continuing education funding provided by ABHMS for the past two years. Please see the application for additional grant criteria. Request information and an application from the Office of Financial Aid for Studies (800.ABC.3USA, x2067).

How can you extend this financial aid ministry?
ABHMS invites individuals, churches, and organizations to contribute to the principal of the American Baptist Scholarship Fund, which provides the major source of income for the American Baptist Financial Aid Program. Gifts, made payable to the American Baptist Scholarship Fund, can be mailed to:

Office of Financial Aid for Studies
American Baptist Home Mission Societies
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851

For information about bequests and charitable annuities, please contact the American Baptist Foundation at 800.ABC.3USA, x2393. A region foundation representative will be pleased to discuss options with you.