Azusa Pacific University will receive a $936,264 grant from the Kern Family Foundation to expand the efforts of the Center for Vocational Ministry (CVM). Funding will help CVM recruit, train, and empower a new generation of ministry students to flourish as pastors. Since 2003, the Kern Family Foundation has awarded APU $5.7 million in grants. This is the second grant CVM has received from the Kern Family Foundation, and the sixth grant CVM has received overall since the center launched in 2016, totaling $3.1 million.

“The Center for Vocational Ministry is deeply grateful for the continued generosity of the Kern Family Foundation as we advance CVM’s commitment to quality theological education, Christian character development, cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset, and obedience to God’s call through meaningful work,” said Chris Adams, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Vocational Ministry. “On behalf of the CVM team, I would also like to thank APU’s new president, Dr. Paul Ferguson, for his early engagement and support of this proposal.”

CVM exists to cultivate resilience in ministry students and leaders through formational research, resources, and relationships. CVM will use this grant to introduce high school students to a theology of business for the common good and equip students called to vocational ministry with entrepreneurial skills as part of the Youth Leadership Initiative programming. CVM’s goals, made possible in part by this grant, also include expanding Vocāre, APU’s five-year BA/MA in Pastoral Studies program, by increasing recruitment, retention, and graduation rates, and offering greater spiritual formation opportunities and pastoral placement services. The grant will also enable CVM to facilitate an understanding of Faith, Work and Economics (FWE) in undergraduate and graduate ministry and business students, as well as build CVM sustainability to support activities that advance CVM’s goals.