Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers


Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary received the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers (ECFFM) grant from the Lilly Endowment to "examine and strengthen financial and educational strategies in order to improve the economic well-being of future pastoral leaders."  The graduate assistant for the ECFFM program will help coordinate ECFFM programs for faculty, staff and students, assist in the research and design of a toolbox for pastoral ministers in the areas of management and stewardship and help to support other ECFFM programs, such as the Ministerial Residency Program.

Application: Provide the following information in two-to-four pages: 

  1. Title the document: Application for Graduate Assistantship -- ECFFM.
  2. List your name, postal address, email address, telephone number, intended degree and first enrollment term.
  3. Describe how you hope to use your theological education after graduation.
  4. List three experiences or qualities that you bring to this position and describe how you have used these in ministry or related areas.
  5. List and explain three things you would like to learn from this position.
  6. List three or four skills you bring to this position.
  7. Submit a current resume.
  8. Email the document as attachments to [email protected].

Criteria for Award Distribution:

    1. Applicants must be accepted into a master's degree.
    2. Selection of award recipients will be based on the strength of the assistantship application and the formal interview.
    3. Award recipients receive a work award based off of 15 hours a week at $10 an hour and an allowance of $3,000 per academic year for room and board.
    4. The work award is earned on an hourly basis and the room and board allowance is on a monthly stipend; both are processed through student payroll with options for payments to be deposited into a personal bank account or applied to the student's account.
    5. Award packages can be renewed for up to three years, pending satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree requirements and enrollment in consecutive academic terms of full-time study.
    6. Appointments are 15 hours per week.


Director of Field Education and Ministerial Formation
Dr. Barbara Sutton
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Graduate Admissions
Donelle Poling
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