invest-vt. def. – to spend (time, effort, etc.) with the expectation of some satisfaction.

What would be a good return for you on the investment of your time?

The Rejuvenate project is committed to assisting clergy and laity to grow in the areas of financial management, planning and stewardship education. In addition to offering educational classes for clergy and congregations and laity, Rejuvenate provides grants to clergy.

To receive a Rejuvenate grant, clergy must meet the following criteria:

  • Attendance at an “Extravagant Generosity” workshop,
  • Completion of a faith-based stewardship education program such as Financial Peace University, Good Sen$e Ministries or another faith-based program, and finally,
  • Plan and follow a balanced budget for three consecutive months (this will be verified by a financial representative recommended by Rejuvenate).

Clergy who invest the time in meeting the criteria for a grant are clergy who have the expectation of experiencing some satisfaction. Based on the reports I have received from grant recipients, one such satisfaction is that of no longer having to carry the unbearable financial weight of debt. Some clergy have experienced the satisfaction of starting an emergency fund, and other clergy are experiencing the satisfaction of making personal contributions to their United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (UMPIP) account with the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits.

If you have education debt and are in need of an emergency fund, and/or desire to make a personal contribution to your PIP account, consider making the investment of time to a Rejuvenate grant-related endeavor. The satisfaction you will experience will be worth it.

Michelle Cobb is project director of the Indiana Conference Rejuvenate Project. She can be reached at 317-924-1321 or by e-mail at

“The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is the slave of the lender.”

– Proverbs 22:7