How do I apply for the Ministry Partners Program?

Full-time students who have been admitted to Asbury Seminary at the Wilmore campus for an MA in Church Planting, an MA in Intercultural studies, or an MDiv with a Church Planting specialization can apply for the Ministry Partners Program by completing the Ministry Partners Program Application.

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I am a current Asbury Seminary student.  Am I eligible to apply?

Yes. The Ministry Partners Program is available to current students who have a minimum 30 credit hours still to complete as of the beginning semester of program participation.

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I am an international student, can I apply?

No.  The Ministry Partners Program is only available to U.S. citizens and green card holders.

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Which degree programs are applicable?

Students studying in the following degree programs are eligible for the Ministry Partners Program

  • MA in Church Planting
  • MA in Intercultural Studies
  • MDiv with Church Planting specialization

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Is there a minimum number of hours that I must take in any given year?

Yes. You must maintain a full-time schedule of 9 hours in the Fall semester and 9 hours in the Spring semester.

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Who are the Partners?

Partners are individuals you know that will become members of your “supporting team.”  They can be family, friends, members of your small group, or church members. As part of the application, you will provide the names of approximately sixteen individuals and a sending church that will be willing to support you through prayer and financial support throughout your seminary education.

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How much will I get in scholarship money?

Program recipients will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship.  Each term, the scholarship will be applied toward the tuition charged based upon the number of credit hours in which the student is enrolled.  Recipients must be approved annually for renewal.

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Am I able to combine the Ministry Partners Program scholarship with other scholarships?

The Ministry Partners Program scholarship cannot be combined with other scholarships from Asbury Theological Seminary. However, accepted students may augment this scholarship through student loans and/or non-institutional scholarships. For more information about these opportunities, contact our Financial Aid Office by sending an email to financial.aid@asburyseminary.edu.

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What are the selection criteria for this program?

Primary criteria for selection will be

  • Commitment to the local church
  • Academic excellence
  • Strong sense of calling
  • Proven leadership in ministry

 

The student must also

  • Enroll in a degree program of MA in Church Planting, MA in Intercultural Studies, or MDiv with Church Planting specialization
  • Maintain full-time student status for Fall and Spring semesters (9 hours each semester)
  • Be a United States Citizen or Green Card Holder
  • Attend Wilmore campus or otherwise be able to attend all co-curricular events

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What are the primary benefits that I will receive from this program?

Program recipients will receive:

  • An emphasis on learning biblical principles of stewardship. These are lessons which will continue to bear fruit long after leaving seminary.
  • Continuing opportunities to strengthen ties with sending church, family, and friends
  • A full-tuition, renewable scholarship
  • Focused Mentored Ministry training in stewardship
  • Practical ministry skills and experience
  • Practical fundraising training
  • Participating in spiritual and discipleship mentoring and training events

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How does the money given by my support team get to me?

All financial support obtained through the participating students is placed into the Ministry Partners Program Fund.  Rather than receiving direct support from donors, scholars are given a full-tuition scholarship for their participation.  This enables donors to give on a tax-deductible basis, and Ministry Partners Program scholarship recipients to receive aid in the form of an academic program. Asbury Seminary reserves the right to administer these funds as appropriate and provides other institutional resources.

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What if my supporting team gives money in excess of the scholarship amount?

Our hope is that all program participants will seek to build support from their team beyond the minimum guidelines, as they seek to build and maintain enthusiastic ministry networks. Regardless of how much money is given by supporters, program participants will receive a full-tuition scholarship towards tuition, in addition to the other value-added program elements that focus on personal development in the areas of calling, stewardship, and discipleship.

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Am I guaranteed to receive the scholarship for the duration of my study?

The Ministry Partners Program is designed so that the selected students will be able to participate for the duration of their academic program. All recipients will receive guidance from the Ministry Partners Program Coordinator, which will include a semi-annual assessment for renewal. The student must annually renew the program in writing.  Those program recipients that have demonstrated sincere effort and success in the various elements of the program can expect to be approved for program renewal.

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Can I utilize the same three references as my Asbury Seminary admissions application?

Yes. You can forward the Ministry Partners Program Letters of Recommendation form to the same people as those who completed your Asbury Seminary recommendations. Please keep in mind you want to include people who can best describe your strengths for this program.

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Will Asbury Seminary be contacting the people listed on my potential team member list?

No. This list is for application purposes only. This process is to assist you in identifying who you would like to invite to participate with you.

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I am considering a dual degree major. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes. As long as one of your degrees is an applicable degree approved for the Ministry Partners Program.  The Ministry Partners Program scholarship will only provide tuition for the approved degree programs.

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