Many ministers recall being invited into church leadership positions and how these experiences planted seeds that led to their eventual call to professional ministry. This grant program aims to enable congregations to hire youth and young adults into church leadership positions that will give them experience in working with a congregation. This might happen in a variety of ways: Christian education, helping others with worship leadership, outreach, pastoral visiting, and so on.

Thank you to the Steinbach United Church and the United Church of Canada for this incredible opportunity. Thank you also to the many supervisors and mentors that supported me throughout the summer.
Ally Klassen (Student)

Grant Criteria

  • The individual being hired must be between 16 and 25 years old as of July 1 of the year they are hired.
  • They must be hired for between 8 and 12 weeks, for a minimum of 20 hours/week, and paid at least the provincial minimum wage.
  • The grant will provide half of the provincial minimum wage for up to 12 weeks. For example, if the minimum wage in your province is $11/hour and a youth is hired for 20 hours/week for 9 weeks, your congregation may be granted $990. If a young adult is hired for 40 hours/week for 12 weeks, your congregation may be granted $2,640.
  • Half of the grant is given to the congregation at the beginning of the summer, when a copy of the employment contract has been received. The remaining funding is sent in August, when the two reflections (described below) have been received.
  • The individual being hired must be willing to write a one-page reflection on their experience (to be submitted in August).
  • One person from congregation must write a one-page reflection on their experience working with a youth or young adult (to be submitted in August).
  • Positions that focus on engagement between the youth and a congregation will be prioritized.
I had the good fortune of meeting and working with Ally and Trudy, two of the young women from your church this summer. They were an absolute pleasure to work with and it was an honour get to know them. These young women have a strong work ethic that is only surpassed by willingness to help others. I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of South East Helping Hands for all the hard work that you both put in this summer.
Louise Broesky (Supervisor)

To Apply

To apply, please complete this online form before March 31, 2019.

Grants are awarded to those chosen by the selection committee. Not all applicants will receive a grant. The status of your grant will be communicated as soon as possible.

I find it so important to give back to the community and with the new initiatives coming soon, I feel like we will be doing that better than ever.
Tyler Symour (Student)

If you have any questions, please contact minvoc [at] united-church.ca .