The CALL grants were developed because the leadership of the North Alabama Conference sensed a need and desire for more continuing education among clergy. Based on the idea that clergy learn best when they have agency in their study, the CALL grants provide guidance and financial support to new clergy of the NAC to pursue continuing education and training within a cohort model.
Those interested in applying for a CALL grant should form a group with other newly ordained clergy (4-8 members) and identify an area of study. The cohort should develop a plan of study, keeping in mind that the length of the grant is two years. Each applying cohort will be assigned a Mentor to help with the application process and guide the group throughout the project. Accepted CALL cohorts will receive $5,000 per year for resources and each member of a cohort will be expected to contribute $250 per year. At the end of two years, the cohort will be expected to develop some kind of resource or presentation about what it learned to share with the rest of the Conference.