Dear Council Chairpersons, Leaders and Rostered Ministers of the Eastern Synod,
Do we ever have some good news for you! We are looking for partners with whom to engage in creative and new mission initiatives!
Who are we?
We are a committee that approves grant applications from Synod congregations and institutions to address social justice needs in their community, as well as short and long term support for projects and new mission initiatives. Money for these grants comes from CLWR as well as from synodical and national endowment funds that were created through the generosity of our forebearers to advance the mission of the church.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for project proposals from congregations, specialized ministries and Ministry Areas that we can support with finances and prayer. Give some thought to:
Visioning events, exploring potential partnerships (not just Lutheran!), consulting, specialized interim ministry, media acquisition etc. A few years ago, for instance, support was given to three churches in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia who had recently entered into a partnership agreement and were then able to call a pastor with specialized skills.
Focus on Partnership/Area Mission Projects:
Our Synod’s Ministry Areas are envisioning how churches partnering together can do much good for the sake of God’s Kingdom. We think the joint expertise and enthusiasm of groups of churches will have much potential for success.
For example: churches developing area ministry strategies or jointly sponsoring refugee families and community outreach programmes
One-‐time Promotional and Outreach Opportunities
This could include website or graphic redesigns or one-‐time community events and communication projects. Last year, we helped a number of congregations communicate with their neighbourhoods and establish new community partnerships.
Poverty Reduction Initiatives
We currently help fund, for instance, a breakfast programme for hungry neighbours in Orillia, a healthy food distribution programme in Hamilton and a variety of community garden projects across the synod.
Supporting Ethnic, New Immigrant Ministries
We support a vibrant and growing Mandarin and Cantonese mission congregation in Markham. Similarly, a new inner-city ministry in Hamilton, ON is reaching out to new immigrants and the urban poor. Evangelism is at the heart of their ministry to recent immigrants from China.
Potential recipients can apply for grants in three categories:
Compassionate Justice Initiatives
Grants are available for activities that:
a) Build awareness on hunger and poverty issues as well as solutions through education, leadership development and advocacy.
b) Focus on domestic hunger and poverty issues with priority given to:
- Food security (i.e. production, distribution, acquisition, nutrition, land use)
- Employment (i.e. job training, counselling, placement, child care)
- Development (i.e. preventative and primary health care, water and sanitation, literacy, housing, social services, environmental issues).
c) Are well planned in cooperation with and build on the social, cultural and spiritual resources of people who have access to limited material resources.
d) Promote self-reliance.
e) Operate in collaboration with other ecumenical and social services partners.
Short Term Partnership Support - programming to be completed in a single calendar year.
Long Term Partnership Support – programming taking place over the course of two or more years.
Short-term and long-term grants can be made available for activities to support:
a) Gatherings, meetings and/or conversations that foster discernment of God’s mission.
b) Leadership development facilitating the formation of leaders for addressing the challenges of discerning and supporting God’s mission in our changing context.
c) Staffing to achieve discerned mission goals. For example, contracts for consulting services, project development, organizing and/or presentations.
d) Funding to rent or purchase equipment or space in support of experimental ministry initiatives.
e) Working in cooperation with other churches, non-profit organizations or businesses, particularly if they are locally based.
f) Connecting with those who are minimally, or not at all, involved in church life.
g) Initiatives that will continue in a fiscally sustainable manner after the initial funding period.
h) Production of promotional materials.
i) Development funds for new mission opportunities.
j) Providing internship placement in a mission congregation.
k) Assisting in providing short-term funds to engage additional staff to facilitate outreach ministry.
l) Supporting new ethnic-specific ministries.
m) Surveys for new mission opportunities.
n) Financial and stewardship planning.
o) Congregational re-development.
This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Use your imaginations and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit! Every application will be considered. One small note however: generally, we do not support 100% of funding costs for proposals.
Two Grant Application Forms (one for Short-Term and Compassionate Justice Funding applications; and another for Long-Term Funding applications) will be available soon on our Committee blog page (at the Eastern Synod website under “Faith in Action”). The deadline to submit these forms is September 23, 2016, either to email@example.com or through regular mail or fax to the Synod Office.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact your local committee representative:
Anne Drouillard (Windsor): firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorothy Frook (Walkerton): email@example.com
Rev. Jun Gao (Northern/Toronto): firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Stan Johnstone (Ottawa): email@example.com
Rev. Sebastian Meadows-‐Helmer (Toronto): firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Tanya Ramer (Woodstock): email@example.com
Peggy Read (Burlington): firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Slack (Mahone Bay): email@example.com