NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Pastors of smaller membership churches are eligible for help with expenses for attending the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting by applying through the Caskey Center for Church Excellence at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Scholarships in the amount of $1000 each will be awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come first-served basis. Funds must be used for flight hotel mileage rental car meals books and resources or other convention-related expenses. If awarded the $1000 check will be mailed directly to the church with a letter designating the funds for the pastor's convention expenses.
Pastors of congregations with less than 150 in average attendance and whose churches are unable or unwilling to fund convention expenses may apply.
Applicants will be asked a series of questions to determine eligibility. Personal contact information as well as church contact information will be required. By applying applicants agree to use the funds to attend all four SBC Pastors' Conference sessions June 10-11 as well as all of the SBC annual meeting sessions June 12-13.
Last year 61 scholarships of $1000 were provided from funding generated by the Pastors' Conference with $24000 from its budget overage set aside for scholarships this year.
"The Southern Baptist Convention has always been comprised primarily of smaller membership churches" said Jeffrey C. Farmer associate director of the Caskey Center. "These faithful Christ-followers serve at the crossroads of America proclaiming the Gospel and loving their neighbors. We are honored to be able to provide this resource so that many who have never attended the Pastors' Conference and convention can participate in our denomination's annual meeting."
To apply or for information go to hnobts.news/ConferenceScholarship.