Emerging Leaders Grant

The Emerging Leaders Grant is for Community of Christ members and ministers seeking seminary to grow in leadership and ministry.  

Paid ministers of Community of Christ (denominational, mission center, or local paid ministry) are not eligible for the Emerging Leaders Grant. 

Only a small number of students are selected per year for the Emerging Leaders Grant based on available funding. Consideration is based on a) quality of application materials, b) demonstrated financial need, and c) the applicant’s personal vision for leadership and mission.

 

How to Apply

Your Emerging Leaders Grant application is in addition to your application to seminary.  To apply to seminary, see admission information at http://www.graceland.edu/seminary/admissions.  The online application form is available at http://www.graceland.edu/seminary/apply-now.

In addition to standard application materials, applicants for the Emerging Leadership Scholarship must provide:

  1.  A letter of application that includes your request for funding (see below) and contact information
  2.  Application Essay #1 – “What is your vision for ministry and mission after completing seminary?” (500  words ± 10%)
  3.  Application Essay #2 – “Explain your financial strategy to fund your seminary education, and how the  Emerging Leaders Grant fits into that strategy.” (500 word ± 10%) 
  4.  A Letter of Endorsement from Community of Christ mission center president
  5.  A Letter of Endorsement from the applicant’s pastor or other congregational leader (such as Missionary  Coordinator, Congregational Financial Officer, or Youth Minister)

Applications for the Emerging Leaders Grant are due by May 31.

 

Your Letter of Application and Request for Funding

In your letter of application for the Emerging Leaders Grant, please indicate what level of funding you are applying for regarding tuition and Focus Session expenses.
 

  Description your request
Tuition

Approximately $870 per course
($290 per credit hour);

Request 100% Tuition  |  Request 50% Tuition
Scholarship                              Scholarship

Focus Sessions (Required
residency one week each January and May)
The Master of Arts in Religion program requires two weeks of residency per year.
Focus Sessions are always the fourth weeks of
January and May in Independence at the
Community of Christ Temple.
Costs to the student include transportation,
local housing, and some meals for the week.

If you request Focus Session expenses, please
include:

a) include your estimated expenses and
b) amount requested to help with some or all of these expenses.

Note: Seminary staff can assist you finding placement for local housing.

Be sure to include your contact information (name, address, phone and email) in your letter of application.


Application Essays

Your letter of application should be accompanied by two essays. Each essay should be printed separately. Each essay should be approximately 500 words, double spaced, and printed with 11-12 point font.

Essay #1 should respond to the following question:  “What is your vision for ministry and mission after completing seminary?” This essay should include your sense of call, understanding of Christ’s call to mission in the world, and your vision for ministry after seminary.

Essay #2 should respond to this question: “Explain your financial strategy to fund your seminary education, and how the Emerging Leaders Grant fits into that strategy.” This essay should include how you plan to fund your seminary education, and how the Emerging Leaders Grant is important to your plan.  

Federal Financial aid is available for most seminary students. To speak to someone about costs and financial aid, contact Debbie Lundy at 641-784-5404, or email at lundy@graceland.edu

 

Letters of Endorsement

To be considered for the Emerging Leaders Grant, two letters of endorsement must be provided to complete your grant application.  One must come from your Mission Center President. Another should be from your local Pastor or Congregational leader, such as a Missionary Coordinator, Congregational Financial Officer, or Youth Minister.

Quality letters will reflect the applicant’s active involvement and plan for involvement in ministry during and after seminary.

These letters should be included in a sealed envelope with your application packet, emailed directly to seminary@graceland.edu, or mailed to:

Emerging Leaders Grant
Community of Christ Seminary
1401 W. Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050

 

Don’t Forget

Your Emerging Leaders Grant application is in addition to your seminary application materials found at http://www.graceland.edu/seminary/admissions.

If you have any questions, see our website at www.Graceland.edu/Seminary.

You may also contact Community of Christ Seminary directly at:

Sharon Ward, ward@graceland.edu
Community of Christ Seminary
1401 W. Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050
(816) 423-4676