Nowhere is the need for theological education or the potential for making an impact greater than in the central conferences.
Many regions within the central conferences struggle with political unrest and war, natural disasters, inadequate healthcare, poverty, and more. Clergy in these areas are on the front lines helping to build or rebuild communities, engage in ministries that address the poor, provide critical health services and provide hope in the face of great obstacles while seeking to engage the greater communities in Christian fellowship.
Through God’s love, they are shaping a brighter future and better world. Their impact cannot be underestimated.
First steps already have been taken to enhance theological education in the central conferences. The 2012 General Conference approved support of approximately $1,000,000 per year for theological education and established The Commission on Central Conference Theological Education for the disbursement of the funds. Recognizing the immense need and satisfied that the funds are being used as intended, General Conference 2016 demonstrated further support by doubling this support over the next quadrennium. The funds, managed by the Commission, have already had a tremendous impact, including: