Memorial 391

TASK FORCE TO STUDY FINANCIAL COST OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION

Whereas, The desire of the Wesleyan denomination is that our ministers be educated, trained, and equipped at our colleges and universities;

Whereas, The increasing cost of higher education at our colleges and universities is causing many of our young people called to ministry to consider other affordable educational options outside of our colleges and universities;

Whereas, The cost of education at our colleges and universities is such that many of our students cannot attend without assuming significant debt from student loans; and

Whereas, The amount of student loans carried by most of our college graduates who are going into ministry is burdensome and adversely affects their ability to serve the church;

Resolved, That the General Board appoint a task force to thoroughly study creative ways to make ministerial and general education more affordable while ensuring quality and excellence in education through our Wesleyan higher educational institutions, to report its recommendations to the General Board, and to report to the 2020 General Conference.

GENERAL BOARD

Wayne A. MacBeth, Secretary

Original version submitted by Western New York District

Robin W. George, Secretary

Committee on Memorials

Recommended

General Conference

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