Heard of Mission Seed Fund grants but not sure what your church could do? Read what other churches did with grants of $1,000 – $10,000. Churches large & small; urban & rural. Only limited by your imagination & willingness to follow God’s leading. But remember, the application deadline for a 2016 grant is November 2, 2015!
Stories of What Seed Funds Made Possible
Avent Ferry UMC: Began the Lifetree Cafe, in Raleigh, a comfortable place for people to gather weekly, to explore life and faith.
Bailey UMC: Partners with six other churches in a food/feeding ministry called Bailey Area Ministries, soon to be its own non-profit organization.
Ellerbe First UMC: Launched a summer reading program called R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out to Children of the King), in partnership with Mineral Spring Elementary School.
Haymount UMC: Applied Seed Fund grant to efforts to build and operate an Inclement Weather Shelter in Fayetteville.
Hertford UMC: Began a weekly soup kitchen for the community.
Mt Olive First UMC: Created FUNky (First United Neighborhood Kids and Youth), a Sunday evening ministry designed to help children and youth become disciples of Jesus Christ.
Mission Seed Funds are designed to facilitate and encourage United Methodist Congregations of the NC Conference in risk-taking ministry and radical hospitality. These Mission Seed Funds are provided to resource the local church, to help the church engage in ministry that is transformative for the world and the church, to provide support in growing committed disciples, and reaching into the world in community with the poor, with children, and all who are the least, the last, and the lost. Seed Funds are specific to new ministry development, encouraging ministry with a specific focus of outreach to people who are not yet part of the existing congregation through ministries of service, evangelism, and presence.
How to Apply
On-line applications and instructions are available at the Mission Seed Funds Guidelines home page. For assistance in completing the application, please contact Kathy Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 800-849-4433, ext. 256.