Renewal Leave


Criteria for Approval

  • Applicants must be full members or associate members of the Great Plains Conference or local pastors who have completed Course of Study, who are currently in an appointment.
  • Applicants must have served a minimum of six consecutive years under full-time appointment (or the part-time equivalent) prior to their application. (2016 Book of Discipline, ¶350.4)

Yes, there is a season for everything under the heavens! And sometimes, there is a season where renewal is needed as clergy face high demands of ministry. Renewal can be a season of discovery or a short season of time away. It can be a season of refreshing, heart, mind, and spirit. It can be a season of refocusing before burnout occurs. Or it can be a season of essential pruning to bearing fruit in other areas of our lives.

The Great Plains Clergy Excellence Team is committed to cultivating clergy and leaders for faithful and flourishing ministry. Clergy renewal leave is one way that the Great Plains Conference invests in developing, equipping, and empowering today’s leaders for the church of tomorrow. What might that mean for you?

Clergy renewal leave can span as many as 12 weeks. Clergy renewal leave grants can be requested for as much as $3,000 maximum for eligible clergy.

To find out more, click here to fill out the Renewal Leave Grant Information Inquiry form to determine your eligibility.

Clergy Well-Being Mini-Grants

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” — Mark 6:30-31

Clergy shepherd congregations and communities.  They do this in a multitude of ways.  It can entail making countless decisions, being available at all kinds of hours, being present for many ministry moments, and caring for others, minds, souls, and bodies, which leads to over-functioning and little time to care for themselves.

We are at our best when we take time to rest in God, disengage from ministry for a time, and recharge. ¶350.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline provides for clergy members of the conference to have at least one week per year and may include at least one month per quadrennium to be dedicated to this process of renewing and recharging.  This is NOT vacation time but is extra and focused time for well-being. In the spirit of ¶350.2, the Great Plains Conference is expanding the ¶350.2 language to include all persons who are approved for appointment/ assignment and serving in that capacity in the Great Plains Conference. This includes clergy members of other conference and denominations appointed in Great Plains (OE/OF clergy) and Certified Lay Ministers under assignment (CLM). To help make this on well-bring more possible, eligible persons are invited to apply for a mini-grant designed to give you the space and or persons to help you renew and recharge.

For more information on the Clergy well-being mini-grants and how you can apply, click here.