Northern Province Emerging Ministries Committee
The Emerging Ministries Committee of the Moravian Church Northern Province serves as an advisory committee to the Provincial Elders’ Conference. Their role is to identify, initiate, implement, and oversee new ministries, ranging from church plants to various need-focused ministry endeavors.
Emerging Ministries Grants
Do you have an idea for a new ministry but need some funding to get it started? Would a small grant allow you to take the next steps on an outreach or worship gathering that might grow into a new faith community? If so, we encourage you to apply for an Emerging Ministries grant to help fan the flame of an idea.
All members of Northern Province congregations, emerging ministries, and agencies are invited to apply for a grant, with endorsement of the joint boards, regardless of the congregation’s financial status. The total funds available in any given year are $10,000, with no grant exceeding $1,000. Grant proposals will be reviewed by the Emerging Ministries Committee. Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis, and may be submitted at any time throughout the year, with a response goal of one month after receipt of your proposal. Applications will be received until funds are depleted for a calendar year. Please send proposals to Barry Frey, Chairperson of the Emerging Ministries Committee, at [email protected].
Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:
- A new ministry that will reach new people in new ways or places (a creative way to engage people who are not already worshiping with you and build a new ministry relationship)
- A ministry that will create community and ongoing relationships
- A ministry with the potential for beginning a new worshiping group (however that worship may look – be creative!)
- Awareness and endorsement of the congregation’s Joint or Unified Board
Some good examples that allow the love of Christ to flow outward and build relationships:
- Providing a hair stylist or community movie night for guests of a local shelter
- An after school ministry for kids in your community who are not part of your congregation
- An outdoor “fire pit ministry” to reach a new demographic
- A blessing box of books, toys, or canned goods
- A community meal or food bank for those who deal with food insecurity
- A respite time for families/caregivers with foster children, children with disabilities, or adults with dementia
- Obtaining equipment for a pickle ball league in your parking lot
Some not-so-good examples that are worthwhile but not focused on relationships:
- Upgrading your sound system
- Purchasing a new church sign
- Buying materials to fix up your church nursery or kitchen for congregational activities
Please help us share the news about this grant opportunity in your congregations!