What do I do if I don’t think I can afford an Antioch School program?
Ask some hard questions.
1. What is the real problem?
- Is money a smokescreen for another problem?
- Is it really an issue of financial priorities?
- Are you committed to leadership development? Will you be in the church-based theological education program, even if not enrolled in the Antioch School?
- Is your Certified Leader leading you well?
2. How might you find the money?
- Family and Friends
- Employers and Community
3. How should your church help? After all, this is church-based theological education.
- Have you made the need known to your church or ministry organization?
- Have you made it a matter of prayer for your church or ministry organization?
- Have you asked anyone, particularly a leader?
- Has an offering been taken for you?
- Might it be built into the church budget (Leadership development, Church planting, Missions)?
- Could you combine it with a staff internship with the church?
- Have you approached those who support short-term mission-type funding?
- Have you pursed opportunities within your denomination (local, regional, national)?
- Have you asked anyone to “Sponsor a student” for a month, year, or program (send pictures for fridge)?
- Have you asked other students to pay low cost tuition twice to support one who can’t afford to pay once?
- Might your church establish a loan fund as a perennial support of students?
- Could Sunday School classes or small groups take on support of students?
- Could someone help pay for part of the program (Portfolio System, BILD Courses, Tuition half, first month, fourth year)?
- Are you planning now to ask future alumni to give?