Loans and Scholarships for United Methodist Students


Loans GraphicStudents who are confirmed United Methodists may be eligible for loans from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  Here are the eligibility requirements:
  • Borrower must be an active, full member of a United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application.
  • Borrower must be at least 18 to complete the application process.
  • Borrower must be enrolled in an accredited school at least half-time.
  • Borrower must have a cosigner for this loan. The cosigner will be contacted and required to complete a portion to the application.
Basic terms of the loans:
  • Students may borrow up to $5,000 per calendar year for a maximum total loan of $20,000.
  • The maximum repayment term for all loans is 120 monthly payments (10 years).  Both borrower and cosigner must maintain a good credit history and give permission for their credit to be reviewed.
  • Loans are granted on a first-come, first served basis, until all funds are exhausted.
  • Simple interest (non-capitalized) is applied to the annual percentage rate from the choices below.  This means interest is charged on the principal portion only and not compounded on top of existing interest.
  • On deferred loans, all payments are applied first to accrued interest until it is satisfied and then to the loan principal.
  • More information
Online Applications 

2015 Spring/Summer Loan Applications close May 5 2015 Fall Loan Applications open May 1, close November 5 Scholarship notifications will be sent in July via email


Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


  • Resources
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