ELCA Fund for Leaders awards TEEM scholarships

Chicago — Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Fund for Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will award 375 scholarships to students attending ELCA’s seven seminaries for the 2022-2023 academic year.

This year, the ELCA Fund for Leaders will distribute approximately $3.5 million through several types of scholarships, including Full-Time Direct Scholarships, Federal Chaplaincy Ministries Scholarships, Mission Developer Scholarships and synod or congregational fellowships.

This year, a new category will award $400,000 to 80 scholarships for Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) candidates who are identified by their synods. TEEM is a certificate program, not a full-time degree, and applicants follow the same application process as other enrolled ministers. TEEM candidates usually end up serving the congregations that nurtured their calling.

“TEEM does theology in a fine balance of action and reflection, study and ministry at the same time,” said Reverend Dr. Moses Paul Peter Penumaka, director of TEEM at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California. “TEEM is transforming not only the face of the ELCA, but the heart and spirit of the Lutheran church. When TEEM candidates go to seminary, the whole congregation goes to seminary. TEEM is a practical way to make congregations vital, dynamic and viable.

Marissa Krey, director of the ELCA Fund for Leaders, emphasized the need for scholarships in all categories of enrolled ministries. “We believe it is vitally important to provide support to all leaders who are responding to God’s call to serve in a variety of ways,” she said.

Learn more about the ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships.

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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 congregations in all 50 states and the Caribbean region. Known as the Church of “God’s Work. Our Hands”, ELCA emphasizes God’s saving grace through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians, and service in the world. . The roots of the ELCA are found in the writings of the German Church reformer Martin Luther.

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Barry F. Howard