Ministerial Excellence Fund
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another fulfilled the law.” — Romans 13:
The mission of the Ministerial Excellence Fund (MEF) of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis is to provide financial relief and financial literacy education to stipendiary clergy and their families who are experiencing extraordinary financial distress.
Recognizing the unique relationship between clergy and their congregations, the grant-making process is intentionally designed to be a catalyst for authentic and informed conversations among them regarding the unspoken financial challenges and sacrifices of ministry.
The application process for a Ministerial Excellence Fund grant is designed to be a learning experience. To this end, most applicants will be asked to meet with the certified financial advisor who is assisting the diocese before the grant committee will make a final decision. Following are the application steps.
Step #1 – Complete the Ministerial Excellence Fund Application
Step #2 – Complete the Budget Worksheet
Step #3 – Submit these forms to the Canon for Administration OR the Canon to the Ordinary
Step #4 – Meet with the diocesan financial advisor
Upon receipt of your Application and Budget Worksheet, the Pathways Program Director will contact you and help you connect with the diocesan financial advisor.