Past Grants and Initiatives

Past Grants and Initiatives

Community Ministry Grants

This grant initiative is closed for application.

The Community Ministry Grant program (CMG) is an education and matching grant program designed to help Indiana congregations engage in mutual ministry with their chosen community. Ministry beyond your four walls, or community ministry, is on the hearts of many congregations today. There are a variety of ways to do community ministry. Extending charity to our neighbors is one vital form of community ministry. Another is working on political issues that impact our neighbors. Yet another, doing ministry with (not for) people in the community is emerging as a vibrant way to move beyond the four walls of the congregation. Often referred to as “mutual ministry,” this form of outreach depends on building friendships and collaborative support between your congregation and those you seek to serve.

Engaging Young Adults

This grant initiative is closed for application.

Engaging young adults is significant in our culture and a priority for congregations. Many Indiana congregations are grappling with how to include and engage this generation. The current generation of young adults is large and far from homogeneous, and congregational settings vary widely across Indiana – urban, rural, small town. So there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The EYA initiative will help you engage young adults in your own community and context.

Youth Ministry Grants Initiative

This grant initiative is closed.

The Youth Ministry Grants Initiative of the Center for Congregations helped congregations wanting to develop new and sustainable youth programming opportunities for 6th through 12th graders in their own congregations that reflect the congregation’s highest claims and commitments and provide significant formational experiences for youth.

Technology & Ministry Grants Initiative

This grant initiative is closed.

The Technology and Ministry Grants Initiative (TMGI) of the Center for Congregations assisted Indiana congregations in addressing the challenging issues of utilizing technology for their important ministries.

Congregations accepted into the program had the opportunity to:

  • participate in a special “TMGI ” course designed to help them learn more about technology as a ministry tool, available technologies, purchasing, and using professional assistance;
  • develop a TMGI plan customized to their own ministry goals;
  • submit a proposal for a matching grant. This proposal was for up to $30,000 to help pay for the cost of implementing aspects of the TMGI plan the congregation developed.

Life Together Grants Initiative

This grant initiative is closed.

The Life Together Grant Initiative helped congregations to think and act strategically. Thirty congregations participated in this program, which included an educational component, resource consulting and financial support.

After receiving an increasing number of calls from congregations seeking excellent resources regarding different forms of what is commonly called strategic planning, the Center responded with the Life Together Major Grants Initiative. Life Together: Thinking and Acting Strategically is a planning process/model designed to enable congregations to creatively imagine and then realize a future that fulfills their reason for being and strengthens their life together.

The process involves four basic phases that are addressed sequentially - Recall the Past, Assess the Present, Discover the Vision and Create the Future. Each of the four phases of the model is shaped, in part, by three dynamics that impact the entire Life Together process and results. These dynamics are Spirituality, Team Building and Communications.

Sacred Space Grants Initiative

This grant initiative is closed.

The Sacred Space Grant Initiative helped congregations address the challenging issues of matching physical spaces to mission and ministry.

The Sacred Space Grant Initiative linked congregations with the best resources available for building stewardship and expansion. Congregational teams reflected theologically about the nature of sacred space, designed plans to address sacred space needs in their own distinctive way, and received technical assistance as well as financial support toward implementing their own sacred space plans.

We know that the needs of congregations in the area of sacred space issues are varied - landlocked parcels, traffic flow issues, classroom space, zoning and building code concerns, upkeep on older buildings, and many more. Congregations in the program were encouraged to look at building issues through strategic reflection, strategic planning and strategic action, a three step process that links congregational facilities to missions.

The Center recognizes that place itself isn’t holy. Still, place is an instrument that helps us participate in the mission of God.

Computers and Ministry Grants Initiative

This grant initiative is closed.

Computers and Ministry was the Center's first major grant initiative.

Led by Center staffers Aaron Spiegel and Nancy Armstrong, participants explored using technology as a ministry tool. "This isn't technology for technology's sake," says Aaron Spiegel, the Center's director of Information Technology. "Computers can help congregations be more effective in people's lives."