By Thomas Quisenberry
In August 2015, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Ministries Council awarded the first three Ministries Council Grants, totaling $25,000. The first recipients included a newly created Sabbatical Fund, a Church Collegiate Ministries grant and a travel fund for lay leaders and ministers to attend Fellowship events.
The Ministries Council is pleased to announce that we are looking to award new grants in 2016!
The $25,000 total will be divided among applicants who share with us how their church is building bridges within their walls or their community and the impact they expect on the community and individuals being served. The Council invites grant applications that are both “Guided” and “General.”
“Guided Grants” are those that focus on an issue selected by the Ministries Council. This year, our focus is on justice system ministries and financial health of the community. The Council hopes that some of the grant allotments will be sent to churches who are actively at work within their communities addressing these growing issues.
The Ministries Council knows that our work and our hearts are varied. In your town and within your church walls, you are at work addressing a need or healing wounds in Christ’s name. We consider these “General Grants” and we want to help support those efforts.
Tell us what you are doing, why these funds would help and help expand our knowledge of what is taking place across the Fellowship! We are especially interested in resources that can be developed, shared and replicated across the Fellowship.
Grant applications are now available at www.cbf.net/ministries-council-grants and must be completed by April 1, 2016. We hope to announce the grant recipients at the General Assembly in June.
The grant application will request a clear and direct stated purpose, SMART goals, specific activities, a detailed budget and an evaluation of the project. You must address how the effort aligns with CBF Core Attributes; if the grant is for a one-time project or an ongoing ministry; if you are working with others in community to accomplish your goals and who you called upon when establishing this work.
Once the recipients are announced, the groups or individuals will be asked to work with CBF to share their work through blog posts here on the CBFblog, hosting a breakout session at General Assembly or any number of other creative ways to share how Christ is at work.
We hope that these funds will not only bless your ministry, but by sharing with us what you are doing in Christ’s name, we can help that blessing grow by sharing the continued Good News with others.
We look forward to reading your requests and learning how Christ is working in your area!
Thomas Quisenberry is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., and serves as a member of the CBF Ministries Council.