I met with a pastor recently who shared his testimony of working as a barber when the Lord called him to ministry. He knew he needed theological education but was unsure how he would pay for it. He had just purchased a car and knew he could not afford both tuition and a car payment. Determined to receive ministerial training, he returned to the local car lot that sold him the vehicle to ask if they would consider buying the car back. Upon hearing his story, not only did the salesman allow him to return the car, but let him borrow a car to drive back and forth to school. Additionally, this generous businessman contributed money each semester to help pay for his tuition. The pastor revealed there was no way he could have attended Bible college had it not been for a faithful Christian car salesman who came alongside him to support his theological education.
Like that car salesman, the Kentucky Baptist Convention desires to come alongside current and future Kentucky Baptist ministers to help them in their pursuit of theological education. We exist to serve Kentucky Baptist churches and one way we do that is by investing in the theological education of the current and future ministers of Kentucky Baptist churches.
This year we are excited to launch the Calling Out the Called Scholarship program which will provide $100,000 a year in tuition assistance for Kentucky Baptists attending one of our great in-state institutions — Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College.
Since the majority of KBC churches are led by bivocational pastors, and for some of them attending college or seminary full-time is not feasible, the scholarship is open to both part-time and full-time students. This allowance is a unique blessing for part-time students who traditionally have fewer scholarship options.
Students are eligible for up to $1,200 a year in scholarship funds that are managed by the KBC Scholarship Committee.
To qualify, applicants must be:
- A resident of KY who is a member of a cooperating KBC church
- Called to ministry and pursuing a ministry-based bachelor or masters degree at CCBBC, Boyce or SBTS
- Intend to serve as a minister or missionary in an SBC context
To apply, current or future students should visit kybaptist.org/scholarship to submit an electronic application that takes just five minutes to complete.
If you are called to ministry and desire theological education, we want you to know that you are not in this journey alone. The KBC desires to invest in your development by easing some of the burden you may experience paying for Bible College or Seminary.
The Kentucky Baptist Convention celebrates the opportunity to serve churches by helping develop current and future ministers. Yet another example of why we are truly #BetterTogether.