Requirements to apply for The Debt Relief Grant: must be an Ohio DOC clergy with CCIO standing, serving an Ohio congregation, ordained or commissioned more than 5 years. Newly ordained or commissioned clergy five (5) years or less may apply for a grant through the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (http://www.pensionfund.org/eim).
Debt Relief Grant Applications available January 31, 2018
All grantee educational events, financial counseling and expenses are paid by the THRIVE Grant. THRIVE events include:
- Clergy Debt Relief Grants to assist clergy by:
a. Reducing education loans, medical or consumer debt,
b. Funding retirement through instruments offered at the Pension Fund of the Christian Church.
- The Financial Literacy Academy will provide educational resources to strengthen understanding in the areas of:
a. personal budgeting,
c. clergy finances and compensation.
Grantees are required to attend 2 financial events over 2 years (for a total of 4 events) with their spouse/life partner.
- Financial Planning and Counseling will assist clergy to successfully implement personal financial plans. Grantees and spouse/life partner are required to attend 1-3 session(s) with a Personal Financial Counselor. The number of sessions required is at the discretion of the Financial Counselor.
Our goal is to nurture and support healthy Ohio Disciples Clergy with CCIO standing, who provide bold and confident leadership to build strong Ohio churches, and who give leadership to their community. Over the next 2 years, twenty-two (22) Debt Relief Grants for Ohio Disciples Clergy (ordained or commissioned) with CCIO standing, will be awarded. Awards are up to $15,000, with up to an additional $3,000 to offset taxes assessed on the Grant.
Clergy are invited to apply for grants offered through the THRIVE program. For a Debt Relief Application for Clergy, click the link at the top of this page. For assistance in completing these forms, please contact Janet Mers at Jmers@ccinoh.org or phone 614.433.0343 ext 7.
Send all completed forms confidentially to Jmers@ccinoh.org or you may mail them to: Christian Church in Ohio, Attention: Rev. Dr. Janet Mers, 1347 Worthington Woods Blvd., Suite A, Worthington, OH 43085. Mark the outside of the envelope "CONFIDENTIAL."