Did you know United Methodist churches support 13 UM Seminaries in 11 states?

Did you know United Methodist churches support 13 UM Seminaries in 11 states?

The funds collected through the Ministerial Education Fund apportionment are distributed to the 13 United Methodist Church Seminaries. At least 75% of the receipts goes to the theological schools of The United Methodist Church on a formula established by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. These seminaries depend on this fund to equip leaders with transforming impact. Of the total money raised in each annual conference, the annual conference retains 25% to use in its program of ministerial education as approved by the annual conference and administered through its Board of Ordained Ministry. For a listing of the 13 United Methodist theological schools click here.


The Ministerial Education Fund was established by action of the 1968 General Conference. It is nurtured and funded by United Methodists to provide vitally needed scholarships through annual conferences, essential funds for the support of our 13 United Methodist seminaries in the United States, programs that encourage men and women to respond to the call to ordained ministry, continuing-education opportunities for pastors across the connection and course-of-study education for local pastors. Every clergyperson who has served in The United Methodist Church over the past 50 years has been shaped in part by the ministries and institutions supported by the Ministerial Education Fund.

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Giving for the Ministerial Education Fund is through your local church apportionments.

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