Does your mission project touch lives for Jesus Christ? Are you partnering with local United Methodist Churches? Is this ministry empowering the people in the pews to reach out to the needy in our communities, across Alabama and around the world? These are very important questions for the Servants Like Jesus Team. We want every local church to be challenged and equipped to grow more disciples of Jesus Christ by taking risks and changing lives. You are a vital part of that connection! We support efforts that encourage church members to get out into the world and make a difference. Our limited resources are available through the grant process to those who engage in mission and outreach projects that are advancing this goal.
We are especially looking for opportunities to provide “seed money” for new mission projects or “matching grants” towards continuing projects. For example, we might offer matching support towards an amount already being provided by a local church for your ministry. This type of grant helps to foster partnerships and provide incentive for projects connecting the local church, district ministry teams and the North Alabama Conference with mission agencies and various outreach ministries. Our local churches often remind us that they want to be involved in a hands-on-way in projects that directly serve others.
The Servants Like Jesus budget is aligned with specific mission goals of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. New and emerging ministries as well as existing ministries specifically engaged in mission and outreach managed by mission agencies, Cooperative Parishes, Advance Specials and other affiliated mission programs are invited to apply for funding.
The SLJ team seeks to support those programs that are partnering with United Methodist Churches to make disciples for Jesus Christ across the conference and around the world. The following are the mission areas that serve as criteria for funding:
1) MISSION EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION
Providing mission education and training events as well as interpretation
2) MISSION AND MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
Hands-on mission ministry both locally and around the world
“Matching grants” are available to assist the local church in launching a mission project that serve those beyond the local congregation.
3) COMMUNITY MINISTRIES
Community ministries in the areas of hunger, housing, and children’s ministry.
Funds in this mission area are specifically designed to provide “seed money” for new ministries and should include a plan for long-term funding support
“Matching grants” are available for continuation of ministry are available on limited basis.
4) MISSION CONGREGATIONS
Direct financial support to Mission Congregations
5) MISSION PERSONNEL
Direct financial support of projects or ministries of our North Alabama
Conference missionaries serving locally, nationally, or internationally
The current grant monies are available from the generous support of local churches through apportioned giving to the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church and Connectional Ministries budget. It is the responsibility of the SLJ Resource Team to provide accountability and good stewardship of these resources.
As outlined by the North Alabama Conference vision statement, “Every church challenged and equipped to grow disciples of Jesus Christ by taking risks and changing lives” and the goal “To Become Servants Like Jesus” all ministries should focus on:
The grant application process for has three steps: (1) applications will be available on-line at www.northalabamaumc.org June each year. Deadline for application to be in the office is September 30 each year. If these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the next business date will be the deadline. Failure to meet the deadline will result in denial. Grants normally range from $500 to $5,000 per project, although all proposals will be thoughtfully considered.
Approved grants will be sent in installments determined by the total amount. The larger the grant, the greater the number of installments throughout the year. A Grant Recipient Report will be sent with your first installment and should be completed and return by the date indicated on the Report.
Deadline for Submitting Grant Application: Sept, 30 2013
Any application received in our office after this date will not be considered for funding by the SLJ Mission Resource Team for 2014 and will be returned to the applicant.
PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED APPLICATION TO:
Mission Resource Team, North Alabama Conference,
898 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, AL 35204
If you have any questions, please call Office of Connectional Ministries at (205) 226-7933
Oak Mt. Missions Food Pantry- Food service ministry with 3000+ served in 2009
Kairos Outside AL- Weekend lodging for persons with disabilities, during their 2011 conference
Christian's Place Mission- Repairs to facility to expand food ministry
UMVIM, SEJ- Mission team leader training and education
Youth at Risk Ministry- Funding for activities to keep at risk youth off of the streets
Heart and Home Ministry- Various ministry needs including food service ministry and utility help for those in need
Celebration Home- Assistance for low income housing repair and construction
Ms Ruth's Classroom- GED Classes for those looking for sustainable jobs in low income neighborhoods
Harpersville UMC- Greenhouse garden ministry for community children
Evangelical Church Methodist in Bolivia- First church in remote area, funding used to repair building just purchased
RAMP- Making churches and homes accessible to persons with disabilities
Brandon New Vision UMC Arts Ministry- Seed money for Arts program for at risk youth
Red Ridge Brown Bag Ministry- Purchase food for food service ministry
Community Church Without Walls- Support for Community Garden in low income neighborhood, healthy food education
Morrison Chapel Community Outreach- Purchase of community needs such as food, hygene products, and transportation for those in need
ESUMC Vienna, Austria- Funding for Methodist church and community ministries in a low-income section of Vienna
United Methodist Home for Senior Citizens- educational materials regarding health and safety availability for senior citizens
Upper Sand Mountain Parish- Funding backpacks with lunches/ food to meet educational and food needs in the community
Lida, Belarus Church Building- Funding for building, only Methodist Church in Belarus (underground church, not recognized by the government)
Brown Bag Buddies- Purchase food for low income children
St Paul UMC Outreach- Community kitchen program for those in need
Urban Ministry- Urban Kids Program, after school and summer programs
Senegal Youth Program- Youth Program for Senegal
Senegal Consultation- Transportation for annual conference members to the Senegal consultation (education, mission support)
St. Luke UMC, Decatur- Homeless ministry, Supplies
Church of the Reconciler- Homeless ministry, Supplies
Greater Birmingham Ministries- housing and utility assistance for those in need
United Community Centers- Funding for operation of outreach programs/services
Children First- Weekend Project Food Pack (food assistance for low income children)
Fort Payne FUMC- School Supplies for Children in need
Society of St. Andrew- Hunger relief outreach and education
Rising Above Ministries- Food service ministry
PEER- Farmer's market and healthy food education for low income neighborhood
Sozo Children International- Funding for Uganda Orphanage, Medical and Educational Needs