For Faith Formation and Public Witness
Over the past year, congregations and ministries have adapted quickly to changing circumstances. When Covid restrictions began, many churches switched to live streaming their services, others started sending reflections and prayers, and still others began sharing elements of the liturgy in creative new ways. This same spirit of innovation was also present in Christian education programs, pastoral care and outreach ministry as the church responded faithfully to the increased needs within their congregations and communities.
In order to encourage congregations and ministries to exercise innovation and adaptability in the area of discipleship, faith sharing and community programs, innovation grants of $1,000 are available for congregations and ministries that qualify. These grants are made available through generous donations to Presbyterians Sharing.
- Congregations, camps and social ministries must be under the care of a presbytery or synod of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
- Priority will be given for grant applications related to new programs.
- Funds can also be used to adapt existing programs. To qualify, ministries will demonstrate a substantial change to program elements and format. Funds will not be provided to support the continuation of regular ministry programs.
- The programs developed must be in the area of faith formation or provide public witness by sharing the love of God through the love of neighbour. Ministries will explain the theological rationale for their programs and provide a description of how biblical teachings will be communicated to participants.
Examples of discipleship programs include: developing faith formation material that can be used online, launching support groups for parents that equip for faith formation at home, starting mentorship programs that connect younger and older congregation members, etc.
Examples of public witness programs: Christian public art projects, developing a lecture series that draws together community and local leaders, etc.
- Programs must communicate biblical teachings and engage participants in theological reflection.
- Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis until July 15, 2021.
- Ministries will provide an endorsement from their Session or board of oversight.
- Approved ministries will be required to submit a photo of a voided cheque via email in order to collect funds.
- Ministries must provide a report within 4–6 weeks of the program’s launch. A template can be downloaded here . Additionally, ministries will be required to send in a short video clip of the program in action, if possible.