BJU Seminary Launches Church Matching Scholarship
BJU Seminary is launching its Church Matching Scholarship, a new partnership to serve churches in offering affordable, accessible next-level ministry equipping for staff or members, while advancing the Seminary’s 500 x 5 x 5 strategic vision.
The Seminary will match up to $1,000 per semester of a church’s contribution toward the tuition of staff, church planters, missionaries or members.
Alan Benson, BJU executive vice president for student development and ministry advancement overseeing the Seminary, stated, “BJU Seminary’s new Church Matching Scholarship is designed to fulfill our commitment to ‘serve the church’ in the most direct way we can: partner with churches in equipping the next generation of Timothys to fill a desperate shortage of pastors and laborers.”
Continued Benson, “Our 500 x 5 x 5 strategic vision aims to put 500 pastors on the path to the pulpit in the next five years — and every five years after that. But we’re also hoping through this and other scholarship programs to make it possible to prepare hundreds of counselors, teachers, missionaries and other church leaders to assist these pastors in reawakening the church to prayer, personal holiness and proclamation of the Word in a broken culture.”
Neal Cushman, dean of BJU Seminary, added, “The Church Matching Scholarship will be BJU Seminary’s premier vehicle to fulfill our promise to make our uncompromised, next-level theological teaching even more affordable and accessible, whether to existing pastors or staff taking their own ministry qualifications to the next level, or churches coming alongside a promising young person.”
Added Cushman, “To fulfill that promise, we are investing in our program, technology and facilities for an unmatched student experience even as we expand our renowned faculty of experts across ministry, theology and counseling and seek to raise $1 million for scholarships.”
Church Matching Scholarship Available to a Wide Range of Students Across Offerings
The Church Matching Scholarship will be available to students in any of the Seminary’s many tracks from full-time doctoral or master’s studies to certificate programs, including in-person, livestream, advanced module, and flex class modalities.
To qualify, the candidate must apply, be accepted to the Seminary and register for at least one class, and a church officer must complete the application form.
Matching funds will be applied to the student’s account when the funds are received from the church. Students may also be eligible for other forms of financial aid, but total aid cannot exceed costs of the education. To learn more, churches can contact Seminary scholarship coordinator Billy Gotcher directly at [email protected]
About BJU Seminary
BJU Seminary is a conservative graduate school of theology and ministry in Greenville, South Carolina. The Seminary features a world-class faculty of 25 full-time and adjunct professors recognized as specialists in fields ranging across theology, ministry, apologetics, counseling and missions — fulfilling a commitment to equip leaders to effectively proclaim the Word, serve the church and advance the Gospel.
The Seminary is pursuing a 500 x 5 x 5 strategic vision of putting 500 pastors on the path to the pulpit in the next 5 years — and every 5 years after that — through a 5P Plan of innovation and investment in the areas of program, partnerships, people, plant and profile.
BJU Seminary offers full-time, flexible graduate programs and certificates in areas including biblical counseling, theological studies, expository preaching, ministry studies, intercultural studies, biblical language and literature, Bible teaching, chaplaincy and master of divinity.
The Seminary places a premium on:
- Accessibility, with a complete range of offerings in full-time residence, in summer modules, via livestream and through BJU’s School for Continuing, Online and Professional Education (SCOPE), and
- Affordability, with among the lowest per-credit-hour costs of any conservative seminary and a wide array of financial assistance.