Stephen Ministry Training Scholarships are available annually to Pacifica Synod congregational lay leaders to support attendance at the Stephen Ministry Leader’s Training Course typically held in Anaheim during the month of February. This scholarship is made possible by the Cathryn W. Wright Bequest specifically designated for Stephen Ministry lay leaders. It is expected that congregations send a pastor and two to four lay leaders for the training.
The next local Stephen Ministry Leader’s Training Course will take place on February 16-22, 2020 at the Doubletree Anaheim in Anaheim. The early registration deadline is January 7, 2020.
For more information about Stephen Ministries, please go to their website at www.stephenministries.org. For training course information and to receive a registration packet, click here or call Stephen Ministries at 314.428.2600.
The synod scholarship program will provide the following:
1. $800 scholarship per lay leader, available for up to three lay leaders per congregation. Additional $285 scholarship per lay leader for non-commuters will be added.
2. $1,000 per congregation toward your congregation’s enrollment in the Stephen Series, if not currently enrolled. The Leader’s Training Course is designed for congregations enrolled in the Stephen Series.
3. $400 travel assistance per lay person for up to three people for Hawaii congregations.
The annual application period is September 1 to January 15. Funds are distributed in January. The current Matthew 25 Grant application form may be downloaded here.