Mustard seed, entrepreneurial mission grant
He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32)
What is a Mustard Seed Grant?
Immanuel is offering two $2,500 grants in 2019. The purpose of these grants is to equip the people of Immanuel to the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12) by seeding new outreach ministry consistent with our mission of “Connecting People with Christ.” Philippians 2:4 captures the spirit of the type of projects that will be approved: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
How does it work?
Immanuel members (not staff) with an idea for a new outreach ministry need to find a total of six people who agree and who are willing to work to accomplish the proposed new initiative. This group is invited to meet with one of Immanuel’s pastors to present the project, along with supporting details and plans that indicate that the project has been well thought out and has a reasonable opportunity for success. When a pastor approves of the project, the grant will be awarded. Proposals are due June 1, 2019. Grants will be awarded by June 8.
What about accountability for the spending of the grant?
For fiscal accountability, the funds will be set aside in a restricted account for the project and a representative from the approved group can draw on the funds for legitimate expenses following our normal procedures of submitting invoices for expenses. For project accountability the group will make a monthly written project update to the pastor who approved the project, and that pastor will, in turn, report progress to Congregation Council.
Why are we doing this?
Immanuel has a substantial amount of funds from undesignated bequests set aside for outreach work. We are trying to equip people of Immanuel who have outreach ideas and entrepreneurial spirit to try new things aimed at “Connecting People with Christ.” This is being tried in the spirit of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30.
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At Immanuel, we believe that you can be transformed by experiencing life with God in Christ. Our mission is to equip people for this kind of transformation by connecting people with Christ in a life of worship, learning, and service, whether you are exploring Christianity for the first time or grew up attending church.