About the Jacksonville Partnership Program
How does it work?
- Apply: Interested individuals* should apply for the scholarship with the Gordon-Conwell Partnership Director. All application forms can be found on our forms page.
- Gordon-Conwell provides the student* with a Full-Tuition Scholarship
During their time at Gordon-Conwell, the student receives focused Biblical, Theological and Historical training in stewardship.
- Through seminars and discussions, learn principles of stewardship, the Biblical foundations of ministry support, and principles of fundraising and support maintenance.
- Topics include personal budgeting and finances, discussions with pastors about church-related stewardship issues, and workplace related forums.
- Identify, through your network of family and friends, approximately 10 donors who will each give $50/month to the Partnership Program Scholarship Fund and support you in prayer. Contributions are tax-deductible.
- Make a good faith effort to come to seminary with a sending church that has confirmed your call to ministry, has agreed to pray for you regularly, and give $600 per year to the Partnership Program Scholarship Fund.
Raising support is unique to each student. Several sample scenarios include
- 10 supporters at $50/month with a $600 commitment from a sending church.
- 9 supporters at $50/month, 2 supporters at $25/month and a $600 commitment from a sending church
- 5 supporters at $500/year, 4 supporters at $50/month, 1 supporter at $200/year and a $1,500 commitment from a sending church
- Possibilities abound. Please contact the Director of the Partnership Program for more information.
What are the criteria for selection?
Primary criteria for selection are:
- Commitment to the local church
- Academic excellence
- Strong sense of calling
- Proven leadership in ministry
- All Master degree programs can apply, excluding Master of Counseling (MACO), Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
- U.S. citizen or green card holder
What are the benefits of the program?
- An emphasis on learning biblical principles of stewardship. These are lessons which will continue to bear fruit long after you've left 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
* The full-tuition program is open to all newly matriculated students and current students who began classes in the Fall 2012 or later. Matriculation is based on the date of your first residential on-campus courses. Semlink courses taken prior to your first on-campus course will not be covered under the scholarship.