We have accepted 19 young men and women into our pastoral apprenticeship program–our largest group EVER.
This is a stellar group of young people, and we believe we can give them all a great experience. But first, we’ve got to get them all fundraised for these 10-months of intense ministry & learning!
Here’s the breakdown of which teams they’ll be joining:
Arlington: Bailey Crawford, Emily Turner, Graham Spencer, Sophie Willis
Collin College: Alex McNeill, Austin Nelson, David Maynard, Orion Childers, Renee Walters
Denton: Becca Wilson, Cole Benge, Steven Lo
Greater Dallas: Ashlyn Bartel, Claire Umstead, Connor Clements, Siena Walter
UTD: Lailah Duke, Michelle Doty, Taylor Bass
We are praying for the Lord’s direction as we consider pioneering several new ministries this fall. With so few student organizations active this year due to COVID, we think we are uniquely positioned to make a major impact this coming school year as students return to campus.
In addition, with the incoming apprentice class, our staff will swell to over 50 campus missionaries! Please pray with us as we consider investing resources in the following campuses:
Collin College – Wylie Campus
Dallas College – Brookhaven Campus
North Central Texas College – Denton Campus
Tarrant County College – Northeast Campus
Tarrant County College – Southeast Campus
Minority Minister Mobilization Fund
Statistically, ministers from ethnic minorities have a much more difficult time raising their full support. Wealth disparity is one major reason, although there are some cultural challenges as well.
When measuring wealth (assets minus debts), the median wealth of white households in America is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of hispanic households. That means ministers who fundraise from a primarily black or hispanic social network may face an uphill climb to raising a livable wage using our personal fundraising model.
All that being said, we want to see more men and women of color in full-time ministry with FOCUS, and that means making moves to remove these barriers. This fund will help bridge the gap in the first few years on staff as these young ministers build up a full support base.
The Minority Minister Mobilization Fund has already received its first gift from some long-time FOCUS supporters, and we hope to see it grow.
Want to learn more? Email or call Casey Worsham: firstname.lastname@example.org | 469-222-4906
Want to make a gift? See instructions below!
Making a Gift
You can make a gift to any of the new apprentices, campus teams, or Minority Minister Mobilization Fund, by selecting the appropriate fund at anyfocus.churchcenter.com, or by mailing a check to the address below:
318 N. Shiloh Road
Garland, TX 75042