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