That the UMC has a seminary scholarship for Native Americans?
A serious shortage exists of American Indian pastors and trained professionals. Native American Ministry Sunday provides an opportunity for The United Methodist Church to support American Indian ministries and communities. This special Sunday offering has enabled a route for Native American leadership development that is culturally appropriate and carefully constructed to expand leadership development among Native People and in Native tribes, churches, and communities. This fund also helps in learning and prioritizing Native American United Methodists in leadership, programming, education, strategizing, and establishment of Native ministry.
ABOUT NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES SUNDAY (NAMS)
Native American Ministries Sunday serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society. With more than 20,000 Native Americans within the denomination, this special Sunday helps to ensure that Native American United Methodist leaders are recognized. It was officially recognized in 1988 and has been celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of Easter since 1989. An offering is taken on this Special Sunday to develop and strengthen Native American ministries in the Annual Conferences, Native American rural, urban, reservation ministries and communities relating to the General Board of Global Ministries. It also provides scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology distributed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.