Ministry Innovations Funding
By Donna S. Mote
What’s your big idea for seeing the church move outside the box, to leave the building — in other words, to do something never done before? The Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Innovations Task Force (MITF) wants to hear from you.
Bishop Rob Wright created the task force to encourage and support ministry innovations in the Diocese of Atlanta. It was introduced in the spring of 2015 with a May 1 deadline for the first round of applications. Read more here »
Applicants are encouraged to propose "a nontraditional ministry enterprise by a convocation, parish(es), or other worshiping community(ies), or members of the Diocese of Atlanta, for the express purpose of engaging with people and communities in order to equip, serve and heal the world.”
Download the task force's purpose statement and guidelines here »
Funding for ministry innovations comes from parishes and worshipping communities contributing over their 10% fair share amount.
Next deadline is September 1.
The next opportunity to apply for 2016 funds has a deadline of September 1. Proposal deadlines for MI-16 funds will be Jan. 1, May 1 and Sept. 1 in 2016. Proposals and supporting documentation should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No ministry innovation proposed will receive full funding in any given year although a detailed budget reflecting other funding sources is required. Additionally, applicants have the opportunity to demonstrate how the ministry innovation proposed will move toward sustainability over a three-year period. Three years is the maximum length of time that any ministry innovation will be eligible to receive ministry innovation funds, but all innovations will not necessarily be funded for three years.
The proposal creation and submission process provides a framework for ministry innovators to think and pray through their ideas in some detail with collaboration from other ministry partners. If an innovation is well formed enough to provide the Ministry Innovations Task Force with a strong sense of its who, what, where, when, how, and why, the ministry innovators should be able to write a strong proposal according to the task force’s guidelines.
Where will all these proposals lead? “We can’t wait to find out,” says the Rev. Carolynne Williams, a task force member. “Our goal is to move forward, widening the circles of community utilizing creativity, balance, and awareness. Action.” Indeed, action. Ready, set, go!
The Reverend Donna S. Mote, PhD, Missioner for Engagement and Innovation and Episcopal Chaplain to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, convenes the Ministry Innovations Task Force.