The United Church of Canada provides financial and program support for a variety of continuing education programs. These programs are for ministry personnel and church leaders who are seeking opportunities to reflect on spirituality, faith and ministry skills for the church in the 21st century.
Individual Continuing Education Grants
A sum of money is set aside each year to help subsidize individual attendance at continuing education events across the country. Many excellent events are offered by our Education Centres
and Theological Schools
. Grant monies are administered by Conference Offices. To apply, please contact the office of the Conference in which you live. For a list of Conference Offices, click here
Many excellent continuing education events are listed at a multi-denominational website entitled Faith and Wisdom.
Facilitated Learning Circles
This exciting new program allows people across the church to reflect on issues of faith and ministry without leaving home. Groups are being organized across the church, meeting either face-to-face or by telephone conference call. Much more information about this program can be found on this website. Click here,
or use the menu to the left of your screen and navigate to "Learning Circles."
Grants & Learning Circles relating to various conferences
We are forming Learning Circles to reflect on issues arising from a variety of conferences and continuing education events the country. The United Church of Canada will provide a grant to groups of people attending these conferences, provided they agree to continue to meet for 6 months to discuss and implement learnings from the conference.
For a Current Listing of conferences eligible for grants, and for an application form, please click HERE
, or click "Grants
" on the main menu to the left of your screen.
Webinars and Coaching for New Forms of Ministry
EDGE - the Network for Ministry Development offers an exciting series of 1-hour webinars on a wide variety of topics related to ministry and responding to our 21st century context.
There are three tiers of webinars – free, paid ($9.95), and premium ($29.95). In the coming months, EDGE will offer annual memberships for unlimited access to webinars and recordings. For more information about memberships, contact EDGE.
These web-video workshops which are recorded and available to participants following the live presentation. Participants from across the country can engage key thinkers and practitioners in a real-time interactive presentation with video and PowerPoint presentation brought directly to their desk, laptop or group.
Click HERE to see the catalog at the EDGE website.
Form your Own Learning Circle
If you and at least 4 other people are attending a continuing education event together, you may qualify for a grant to become a learning circle.
To be a Learning Circle groups must:
- be drawn from at least 3 different pastoral charges
- covenant to meet monthly for 6-10 months for mutual learning
- designate one of their member to be the "facilitator" who will:
- convene the group
- be accountable to National Staff for it's functioning and learning
- meet by telephone conference call with other facilitators in the program every 6 - 8 weeks
for further information, please contact Stephen Fetter