Did someone say Money for Ministry!
Earlier this month Diocesan Council approved a process to award $40,000 in new initiative grants to Maine congregations and ministries in 2012. The funding is derived from the 2012 diocesan budget for new initiatives and funds available each year in the Outreach and Services Grant program. The later is revenue generated from the Foundations for Ministry capital campaign of the early 1990s.
In 2012 the two grant programs will be conflated into one. The basis for Council’s awarding the grants will be the “Seven Criteria for Mission” that were passed at Diocesan Convention in October. (see below)
In February 2011, Diocesan Council reviewed 13 new initiative fund applications and awarded four a total of $26,000. Awards were made to the Homelessness Coalition of Oxford County, a ministry of Christ Church, Norway, and its neighbors; the OMG4ME advertising campaign for nine congregations in Greater Portland; a lay listening training program sponsored by St. Francis, Blue Hill; and a Mission Readiness Pilot Project launched by the Mission Strategy Study Group.
Members of Diocesan Council are excited to offer the opportunity to congregations and diocesan ministries to think big about collaborative mission opportunities in their communities.
The deadline for applications is February 10. Awards will be announced after the March Diocesan Council meeting no later than March 15.
Seven Criteria for Mission (as adopted by Diocesan Convention on October 23, 2011)
1) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that are Christ-centered and Gospel-oriented.
2) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that collaborate with other churches, communities and affinity groups and demonstrate a willingness to share personnel and resources.
3) Diocesan resources will support those program/ministry efforts led by those who can demonstrate their experience as well as passion for their particular ministry
4) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts with evaluation processes in place and those that can articulate a plan to achieve sustainability.
5) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts whose leaders are willing to share their successes and best practices as well as failures with other congregations or collaborative groups that wish to replicate their work in other parts of the Diocese.
6) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate a willingness to move from a centralized approach to ones that will involve and benefit a wide range and number of people within the diocese and beyond.
7) Diocesan resources will support program/ministry efforts that demonstrate the values of transparency, equity, fairness and collaboration.