Technology is important to congregations. Software, social media, sound and audio visual, networks, computer equipment and websites can be useful tools for leaders, staff, members and visitors. Congregations across the state wanting to explore available technologies and how to use these tools are invited to apply for the Technology and Ministry Grants Initiative (TMGI).
Who Can Apply?
As a result of the success of TMGI in Marion County and the seven contiguous counties in 2010-2011, the Center now offers this opportunity to congregations from the rest of the state. Congregations outside of Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Morgan and Shelby counties may apply to participate in this grants initiative, which includes an educational component, coaching and financial support in the form of matching grants.
Congregational leaders interested in the program should attend a TMGI information session. Sessions are at 3 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2012; 1 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Roberts Park United Methodist Church, 401 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis; and 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at the Center offices, 303 N. Alabama St., Suite 100, Indianapolis. Registration is limited to two people per congregation.
Up to 30 congregations from outside the Indianapolis metro area will be accepted into TMGI. Led by Center staffers Nancy Armstrong and Aaron Spiegel, participants will learn more about technology and ministry, develop plans to address technology needs unique to their congregations, and receive assistance and a grant of up to $30,000 toward implementing their own technology plans.
Application information will be available at the information sessions and after. Applications are due May 18, 2012. The Center will notify all applicants about the status of their applications by June 8, 2012.
Two classes of up to 15 congregations each will be accepted into the program. The first class attends Session One, which is August-November, 2012. The second class attends Session Two, which is February-May, 2013. All class sessions will meet at the Center for Congregations offices in Indianapolis.