ESR Receives Full Funding for 2019 Entrepreneurial Ministry Cohort

Earlham School of Religion is excited to share the news that the stipends for the 2019 Entrepreneurial Ministry Certificate cohort are entirely funded thanks to the generosity of Friends.

The purpose of this program is to provide a clear path forward for entrepreneurs who seek to offer their ministry gifts via forms and avenues outside of the traditional church, and for those who feel a divine call to ministry in contexts without ready-made organizational support. This year's cohort includes four students, and is led by ESR Dean Emeritus Jay Marshall, who developed the program.

ESR provides a foundation, content, a cohort group, and two stipends toward their ministry launch - $3,500 and $1,500 – for a total of $5,000 as they implement their ministries. During the 18-month program, participants take part in six courses, all designed to prepare and accompany them in their ministry launch.

Two groups came forward to help fund the student’s stipends – the Clarence and Lilly Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership and Englewood Friends Meeting. In their communications regarding the contributions, the Pickett Endowment stated that, “we want to encourage your important efforts to nurture Friends and spiritual leadership in new and interesting ways.” Englewood Pastor Rick Miller shared that the program is “an exciting move forward to address needs in the Friends community around the world.”

“Earlham School of Religion is deeply grateful to these Friends for their support of our students and honored to be entrusted with the care of resources dedicated to the launch of emerging ministries,” shares ESR Dean Matt Hisrich. “After our first cohort completed the program in December 2018 and launched a series of amazing ministries, we knew we had to find a way to make the program available to other students. I can not overstate how much it means to us that Quakers see the value of this work and are willing to invest so generously in our students.”

2018 cohort with their certificates

The current cohort will complete their certificates in December 2020.

If you, your meeting, or your organization would like to support ESR’s Entrepreneurial Ministry program, please contact Matt Hisrich at 800-432-1377 or To explore whether you might be a good fit for the Entrepreneurial Ministry Certificate or any of ESR's degree and certificate programs, contact Julie Dishman, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, at (800) 432-1377 or