Young Clergy Debt Assistance Program - Application Now Available

Young Clergy Debt Assistance Program - Application Now Available


Dear New York Annual Conference Family:

I am pleased to announce that the application to the Young Clergy Debt Assistance Program (Young Clergy DAP) is open!

This idea was born out of a desire of Bishop Martin D. McLee to provide financial support to clergy aged 40 years or younger serving in the New York Annual Conference and saddled with educational debt. It is our privilege to continue with his legacy.

To be eligible for a grant, clergy must be serving in appointive or assigned ministry as a superintendent’s supply, licensed local pastor or must be ordained or in the process becoming an ordained deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church.

Clergy must be both under appointment or assignment and be in ministry for the past three years and have academic debt.

Grants will be awarded on a one-time basis. However, clergy with excessive academic debt may re-apply in succeeding years.

The expectation is that clergy participating in this program will develop his or her own long- term financial plan, using resources such as: UMPIP program, IRA or college savings programs for dependent children, and websites such as,

Each application will be reviewed by the committee and and a decision would be made according to the guidelines.

Applications post dated after July 2nd, 2016 will not be considered. Applicants will receive a response within 90 days of application deadline.

Download the application form:  pdf file   Word document

Please email materials and direct questions to:
Cheryl Fortune, or send by regular mail to,
20 Soundview Avenue,
White Plains, NY 10606