Raise Up Minority Leaders in the PCA

You can raise up leaders from diverse ethnic backgrounds through this gospel initiative which provides grants to educate, train mentor, and develop minority leadership in the PCA.

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“The Unity Fund is a gospel initiative that gives us an opportunity to make new covenantal relationships and develop new leadership in the grace and love that flows from the gospel’s sanctifying work in us.”

Minority Teaching Elders in the PCA

Out of the 4,882 Teaching Elders in the PCA…

  • 1%
    African
    American
  • 0.8%
    Latino
  • 10%
    Korean/
    Korean American

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We believe the PCA can thrive in developing diverse leadership in accordance with the Bible and the Reformed Faith as a means of fulfilling the Great Commission.

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Creation of the PCA Unity Fund

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Our Process

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    Relational Network

    Connecting recipients to recruit, help educate, and train promising candidates for ordination and other ministries.

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    Financial Support

    Providing the funding necessary to give qualified minority leaders the resources and tools they need to thrive in the PCA.

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    High Standards

    Upholding the PCA’s strict standards to qualify as Ruling and Teaching Elders to avoid compromising quality for quantity.

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Overview

Vision

To see future generations of reformed minority Teaching Elders, Ruling Elders and Missionaries raised up in the Presbyterian Church in America.

Mission

To subsidize the training, mentoring and development of minority leadership in the PCA through partnership with churches and presbyteries.

Objectives

  1. Provide Seminary tuition subsidies.
  2. Provide General Assembly expense subsidies for underrepresented minority Ruling and Teaching Elders and Licentiates.
  3. Provide Compensation expense subsidies for minorities serving as an Assistant Pastor in a PCA church, for the first two years of their ministry in churches.
  4. Provide Historical Research expense subsidies to explore the role that Reformed minority scholars, theologians, and pastors have played in church history.
  5. Provide Resources and support for minorities interested in pursuing missions with Mission to The World and college ministry with Reformed University Fellowship.

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What Others Are Saying About the Unity Fund

"...God calls us to proclaim the Gospel. I pray for the success of this fund, and that the Gospel would compell us to be a church that includes all of the people groups of the communities of North America."

Irwyn Ince

Executive Director of Grace DC's Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission

"We only have three Spanish-speaking PCA churches in the [Dallas TX] area. We need support, encouragement, and people who want to mentor. We have people willing and ready to do the work — if there is funding to help them get started in ministry."

Jahaziel Cantu

Christ Presbyterian Church

"Many, many people were instrumental to my development as a pastor. But Glenn Hoburg and Randy Nabors in particular were vital mentors during my early days as a church planter."

Duke Kwon

Lead Pastor, Grace Meridian Hill, Washington D.C.

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Discover how you can help raise up future generations of godly, reformed African American and other minority Ruling and Teaching Elders.

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  •   What is the PCA Unity Fund?

    The 43rd General Assembly considered a personal resolution on racial reconciliation and referred the matter to the 44th General Assembly, so that lower courts could perfect and propose a resolution encouraging heartfelt repentance. Presbyteries responded to this appeal “to prayerfully consider any and all sins of racial prejudice” by submitting overtures on racial reconciliation that called us to individual and corporate repentance.

    Repentance is an essential first step of racial reconciliation, but not the only one; and the 43rd General Assembly also encouraged sessions and presbyteries to “pursue a proper course of action humbly, sincerely and expeditiously”; and a proper course of action would include actively welcoming ethnic minority brothers called to pastoral ministry and encouraging their representation as Ruling and Teaching Elders in the PCA. So, the 44th General Assembly created The PCA Unity Fund.

    One of the objectives of The PCA Unity Fund is to provide seminary tuition subsidies to ethnic minority men called to gospel ministry in the PCA; and to ethnic minority men and women who are pursuing other ministry roles in a PCA church.


     
  •   What is the PCA Unity fund seminary tuition subsidy?

    The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy is an intentional and proactive attempt to see generations of reformed ethnic minority Teaching Elders, Ruling Elders, church staff and missionaries raised up in the Presbyterian Church in America.

    The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy will help underwrite the cost of the training, mentoring and development of ethnic minority leadership in the PCA through partnership with churches and presbyteries. There are two application tracks available for candidate nominees; The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy Ordination Track and The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy Non-Ordination Track.

    For the ordination track, the subsidy is specifically for approved programs that meet Uniformed Curriculum Guidelines for ordination in the PCA. For the non-ordained track, this subsidy is specifically for approved theological and biblical training programs.


     
  •   Who should apply for the PCA Unity fund seminary tuition subsidy?

    The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy is an intentional and proactive attempt to see generations of reformed ethnic minority Teaching Elders, Ruling Elders, church staff and missionaries raised up in the Presbyterian Church in America.

    The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy will help underwrite the cost of the training, mentoring and development of ethnic minority leadership in the PCA through partnership with churches and presbyteries. There are two application tracks available for candidate nominees; The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy Ordination Track and The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy Non-Ordination Track.


     

The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy

The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy is an intentional and proactive attempt to see generations of reformed ethnic minority Teaching Elders, Ruling Elders, church staff and missionaries raised up in the Presbyterian Church in America.

The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy will help underwrite the cost of the training, mentoring and development of ethnic minority leadership in the PCA through partnership with churches and presbyteries.

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The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy

The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy is an intentional and proactive attempt to see generations of reformed ethnic minority Teaching Elders, Ruling Elders, church staff and missionaries raised up in the Presbyterian Church in America.

The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy will help underwrite the cost of the training, mentoring and development of ethnic minority leadership in the PCA through partnership with churches and presbyteries.

There are two application tracks available for candidate nominees;The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy Ordination Track and The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy Non-Ordination Track.

  1. Ethnic minority men who are called to be candidates for the gospel ministry are eligible for nomination for The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy Ordination Track.The candidate nominee for the Seminary Tuition Subsidy Ordination Track will be a member of the Church in full communion who, believing himself to be called to preach the Gospel, submitting himself to andunder the care and guidance of the Presbyteryin his course of study and of practical training to prepare himself for this office.The candidate nominee must be pursuing ordination in the PCA.For the ordination track, the subsidy is specifically for approved programs that meet Uniformed Curriculum Guidelines for ordination in the PCA.
  2. Both ethnic minority men and women, who are pursuing a non-ordained ministry position in a PCA church are eligible for nomination for The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy Non-Ordination Track.Although the candidate nominee does not need to be under the care of a presbytery, they must be under the supervision of a Church Session or oversight body of a church plant. The candidate nominee must be pursuing a non-ordained ministry position in the PCA.For the non-ordained track, this subsidy is specifically for approved theological and biblical training programs.

To learn more about The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy,visit theFAQ sectionlocated on the MNA website.

The PCA Unity Fund Board is excited to announce that we are now taking applications for candidate nominees.Applications are currently closed.Notification of candidate nominee awards will be sent out July 1, 2018.New application dates will be announced, so watch this page.

We encourage churches and presbyteries to nominate ethnic minority candidates for The PCA Unity Fund Seminary Tuition Subsidy. The PCA Unity Fund Board, along with MNA advisory staff members, has worked hard to bring this fund to life. Please apply, pray and support this fund.

May Jesus receive all the glory and honor for the effort.

TE Alex Shipman
Chairman, The PCA Unity Fund Board

 

Special Multiply Issue on The PCA Unity Fund

Read the stories of PCA minority pastors Kevin Smith, Irwyn Ince and Jahaziel Cantu. They serve as leaders among our churches because God’s people came alongside them by training, mentoring, and providing financial support for them as they prepared for service as pastors.

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We promise, before God, to be good stewards of the resources we’ve been entrusted with while staying true to the Bible and the Reformed faith. We remain in line with PCA polity by the following the directives of the General Assembly and reporting to GA every year.

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