Community Conversation: Matching Grant Process

Sunday evening, February 19th, many of us met to discuss a variety of communities Trinity might partner with in creating new ministries. The goal of the conversation was to uncover connections people at Trinity  possess and brainstorm ways of deepening those relationships so as to better understand Trinity's possible role in the broader community.

community conversation

Because of what was discussed at the community conversation, the community grant team is pursuing the following communities: families of Indianapolis Public School 55,  a local Congolese church, men and women recovering from substance abuse, adults with special needs and their caretakers, and local elderly populations.

The engagement team hopes to meet and talk with as many people as possible who are interested in being involved with this process in any way. Contact Elaine Schnabel at with all suggestions, comments, or questions about the grant process.

Community Ministry Matching Grant Process

Trinity applied for and was one of 30 churches selected to take part in the Community Ministry Grant program offered through the Center for Congregations. What does this mean?  It means that we have the opportunity to apply for a matching grant (up to $30k) to start a new community ministry. 

How will we do this?  Here are the steps:

1.  We assembled a team of 8 people that will attend 3 trainings for the program to learn the process for applying for the grant.  Our team has been assigned a coach and a liaison from the Center for Congregations to help us succeed in this process and ultimately, obtain the grant.

2.  The first step in the process is to listen to our Trinity congregation to determine the strengths, gifts, passions, interests, sense of mission/purpose, sense of calling, and assets among our Trinity goers.  We are doing this in 2 ways:  through the asset mapping exercise we did during the gathering on 10/23, and through conversations with our Trinity groups about what draws us to Trinity.

3.  The second step in the process is to listen to the community with which we'd like to partner to determine the strengths and needs within that community.  This does not have to be Broad Ripple or Meridian Kessler; it can be any targeted community with which our Trinity congregation has a passion for partnering with.  We will begin this step in December.

4.  The third step in the process is to combine the strengths of both our Trinity congregation and our target community to create a new ministry to address a need within that community.  We will begin this step in March 2017.  We will then write the grant and submit it to the Center for Congregations for approval.  This will be submitted in the fall of 2017.  If approved, the Center will match whatever amount of money Trinity brings in for this ministry, up to $30k.  

5.  The new community ministry will begin in January 2018.  The Center will give us this money for the first year of the ministry.  After the first year, the ministry must be able to sustain financially without the Center's help.

What does the CMG Team need from you?

1.  Prayer that we carefully and intentionally handle the gifts and talents of our Trinity goers, as well as recognize are are sensitive to the strengths and needs of our community in order to create a new ministry that is meaningful and helpful to those involved, as well as financially sustainable.

2.  Your continued input.  We want this ministry to be something that you have a passion for and want to be involved in.

3.  Your involvement when it's up and running in 2018 and beyond.  We're going to need lots of volunteers!

Who's on the CMG team? AnnaLee Traeger, Brooke Stage, Elaine Schnabel, Greg Osland, Janell Blunt, Joel Austin, Kelli Monedero, and Scott Smith

Community Ministry Grant: Congregational Asset Mapping

On Sunday October 23rd we engaged in a special kind of liturgy (asset-mapping), so that we could begin to see the gifts and assets the Trinity community possess. For those of you who participated: THANK YOU! It was a unique morning and eye opening for many of us about the variety of ways God has blessed and led our congregation.

The asset-mapping exercise was part of the first of three stages in a grant application process we are currently engaged in. Trinity applied for and was one of 30 churches selected to take part in the Community Ministry Grant program offered through the Center for Congregations. We now have the opportunity to apply for a matching grant (up to $30,000) to start a new community ministry after walking through three steps: learning the strengths of the congregation, hearing the needs of the community, and using that knowledge to design an appropriate ministry.

We have assembled a team of eight people who are collecting data from the congregation through a.) asset-mapping and b.) informational interviews. We are currently sorting through the data you provided during the asset mapping liturgy and will report back about our findings in the coming weeks. We hope you will continue to be a part of this process not only through prayer and participation on Sundays, but in the months to come as we continue this process.

If you have any questions about the grant or any thoughts from the asset-mapping liturgy, contact AnnaLee Traeger at 

Indianapolis Public School 55: Eliza Blaker Art Show

On Thursday, September 29th, the artwork co-created by children from Eliza Blaker Elementary school and Trinity Church was displayed at Rocket 88 Donuts in Broad Ripple. Parents and students from Eliza Blaker Elementary (IPS 55) and members of Trinity mingled together to view the collaborative artwork.

As part of Trinity's ongoing engagement with local public school IPS 55: Eliza Blaker Elementary, each piece was created by two children, one from Trinity Church and the other from Eliza Blaker. Children at both Trinity and Eliza Blaker created outlines of a drawing. The outlines were then traded, so that a child from the other organization finished the drawing by coloring it in.