The Church of God of Prophecy International Offices is marking a significant milestone in its support of ministers and leaders pursuing higher education.
In a meeting with the regional and state overseers of North America last week, Shaun McKinley, director of Accredited Ministry Development, announced that scholarships and grants provided by the offices to students enrolled in partnering programs has recently surpassed one million dollars.
“We are thankful for the faithfulness and generosity of our donors and tithing local churches,” said McKinley. “Because of their contributions, over the past decade we have been able to invest in our current and future leaders as they participate in our educational initiatives.”
The scholarships and grants awarded from Accredited Ministry Development’s annual budget are only one part of the picture. When adding scholarships from national/regional/state offices, as well as grants provided to underwrite courses, over $2.7 million has been contributed to students and schools.
“We continue to be inspired by the efforts of our students,” continued McKinley. “In addition to pursuing their studies, many are bivocational pastors, balancing school, work, and family responsibilities. Without these scholarships and the variable tuitions that we negotiate with our partners, it would be impossible for many to continue their education and grow in their ministry skill.”
Scholarships are awarded throughout the year with a number of additional scholarship funds being added within the past year. Current scholarships include:
- Adrian L. Varlack All Nations Scholarship
- Billy D. Murray Harvest Scholarship
- Church Matching Scholarship
- Cross Cultural Ministry Scholarship
- Doctor of Ministry Scholarship
- Ministry Honors Scholarship (formerly Leader of Leaders)
- PTS Certificate Course Scholarship
- Women in Ministry Scholarship
Scholarship applications may be completed online at www.cogopamd.org. Individuals or churches may also contribute to any of the above scholarship funds at the website.
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