2019 Strategic Mission Support
May 23, 2018
If your congregation applied for a Strategic Mission Support grant in the past two or three years, then the online application for 2019 will look very familiar to you. We appreciate how much work congregations put into the process, the honest and thoughtful answers to the questions posed, and the time involved.
If your congregation has not applied for Strategic Mission Support, then this process may strike you as unlike other grant applications you have completed. The three components of strategic mission support are location, viability and vitality.
Beyond the elements of location, viability, and vitality, the application asks you to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of your congregation in terms of mission, ministries and parish/mission organization. It asks for your own observations of these matters-thoughtfully and honestly presented.
There are two steps to complete this application by the deadline of June 30, 2018.
Applications received later than June 30 will not be considered for the 2019 SMS grant cycle.
We recommend that before you start the application you look over the questions and complete the answers in a separate document for safekeeping before pasting them into this online application. A worksheet is available for this purpose here. (Click to download in the upper right corner.)
It is the intent of the SMS grant that a congregation will have a priest employed at minimum for a quarter time and that the congregation will be able to support at least 50% of the cost of that clergy compensation. It is also the intent of the committee that congregations with endowed funds will use the income from those funds fully to offset operational expenses.
Members of the Diocesan Council Finance Committee
Resources for the 2019 Strategic Mission Support Application