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Garrett-Evangelical Awarded Grant for Latino/a and Hispanic Youth to Explore their Calling

May 29, 2014

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that the seminary has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) of The United Methodist Church for the Young Clergy Initiative (YCI). This initiative specifically focuses on programming geared toward increasing the number of young clergy in The United Methodist Church. Garrett-Evangelical was one of twenty-nine organizations to be given a monetary grant from the GBHEM for this initiative and one of two United Methodist theological schools.

Garrett-Evangelical will create a comprehensive program encouraging and supporting Latino/a, Hispanic and other youth in discerning their call to Christian ministry. “Hearing the Call, Supporting the Journey” will identify and invite young people to explore Christian ministry as a vocational call and offer support in their spiritual and vocational journey. Garrett-Evangelical will be partnering with: Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispano Americana (MARCHA), St. Augustine College, the Pembroke Institute of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation, local pastors and University Christian Ministry student-leaders.

“We are thrilled and honored to receive this grant from GBHEM for our program ‘Hearing the Call, Supporting the Journey,’” said Rev. Dr. Jim Noseworthy, Vice President for Administration and External Programming. “At Garrett-Evangelical, we realize that theological education and vocational discernment begin well before a student walks through the door of the seminary. We want to be on the front line to encourage, cultivate, and support future leaders in The United Methodist Church in discerning their call to vocational ministry and giving young people opportunities to create relationships with local organizations who can also support their spiritual formation.”

The Young Clergy Initiative was created at the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church in response to projections that by 2032 the denomination will face a shortage of trained ordained elders for appointment to local congregations. The YCI earmarks $7 million for increasing the number of young clergy among the jurisdictional conferences to be administered by GBHEM. The YCI encourages opportunities that leverage denominational change on systemic and cultural levels through conversation, events, experiments, resources, research, and training. To learn more about the Young Clergy Initiative, go to