New Mission & Ministry Grants ~
Does your church have a vision to do something new and creative, but are short on funds? Has God placed a dream on your heart, and now you are waiting for God’s provision? There is no time like the present to follow where God is leading you and your church in order to make a difference for the “transformation of the world”. The Northern Waters District is excited to be able to continue to offer one time grant funding for district churches that are launching new ministry projects or scholarships for first time mission trip attendees. Past grant awards have ranged from a few hundred dollars to $5000, thanks to the payment of Ministry Shares. Where is Christ calling you to serve and witness to God’s love? Join us in taking risks for the sake of the Kin-dom of God.
A. Your church must be making a good faith financial investment in paying your ministry shares.
B. The application must be submitted prior to expenditure of funds for the project.
C. Your grant must address at least one of these criterion in order to be considered. We are looking for results beyond what your
congregation is currently experiencing – such as the criteria listed below:
- Professions of faith and Baptisms
- Religious Education and small group participation
- Outreach ministries to your community
- All of God’s people and/or people on the margins coming into contact with the Gospel
- Innovative and creative ministries
- Peace with Justice ministries
- Support the Vision of your church
Interested churches should print out and complete the application and email/mail it to: Wava Hofmann, Chair, [email protected] , 269-953-0114.
||Due date for application
The District Missions and new Ministry Team meets quarterly to consider applications . All applicants will be notified as to the District Missions and New Ministry Team’s decision as soon as possible. Grant recipients will submit pictures and a newsworthy article to the District Office in order to share the story of what you have seen unfold following the launch of your project. Additional reporting may be required, as requested.
Please click HERE for the link to the Northern Waters District New Ministry Grant Application.
For two examples of new church ministries, please click HERE for what Kingsley UMC and
Harrietta UMC have been able to put in place with their New Mission and Ministry Grant funds.
Here is what two United Methodist Churches are doing
to help those in need ~
New Ministry at Kingsley UMC
~ a mission success and its impact
Our new ministry is called Monday Nite Out and is held every Monday at a park in Kingsley. We give away a free hot dog meal, offer free kids crafts, and have games. A great time for all from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.
This ministry brings young families and older seniors together. Those who serve see God working through volunteers and strangers getting to know each other. They talk about life, their kiddos and their struggles.
Kids enjoy playing games with the volunteers and EVERYONE enjoys the extra food that church volunteers bring as a surprise — such as watermelon, cupcakes, even s’mores!
It’s like a mini block every Monday.
New Ministry at Harrietta UMC
~ a mission success and its impact
Harrietta United Methodist Church has a Firewood Ministry for the community. This ministry helps our community with emergency heating needs in the winter.
This year we had a generous donation of $1000 to purchase wood for this ministry. We decided to purchase the logs instead of pre-cut wood so we could get more to serve more people this winter.
The wood was delivered and before we could officially set up a work bee, volunteers just showed up and got to work. They are making great progress and we will be ready for the cold winter months.
Anyone in the Harrietta community and vicinity who needs help this winter staying warm are encouraged to reach out to us at the church. We feel very blessed to be able to bless other families this winter.
Pastor Julie Lawhead
Creating Leaders Through Education ~
At the 2022 Michigan Annual Conference, the body voted overwhelmingly to support the “Readers to Leaders” fundraising campaign. The campaign runs from September 10, 2022, to May 1, 2023 and has the goal of raising $500,000. These funds will support two ministries focused on education and we are asking local churches to create their own ministry relationship with a school in their community.
PARTICIPATING IS AS EASY AS A-B-C
Each congregation is challenged to raise at least $600. These funds will support three ministry efforts:
- Half of the funds will benefit the Liberia Scholarship Program of the Michigan Conference’s Liberia Ministry Partners.
- Half of the funds will benefit the Michigan Conference’s Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program.
- Finally, we are asking local churches to develop a missional commitment to a school in their own community. That might be an in-gathering of school supplies, offering tutoring, after school programs, or weekend food programs for at-risk students.
HOW TO DONATE
Your congregation can submit a check to the Conference Treasurer with the phrase “Readers to Leaders Campaign” in the memo. You can also make individual donations online by clicking here.
Click HERE for more information.
Questions can be directed to campaign co-leaders Lisa Batten and Jon Reynolds at:
Lisa Batten [email protected]
Rev. Jon Reynolds [email protected]