Congregations, schools and ministry groups have an incentive to dust off those shelved plans for local mission.
Under the 50.500 faith.freedom.future initiative approved by General Synod last year, they could receive a grant of up to $25,000 from the brand-new ‘Have a Go’ Fund for their project or activity.
The purpose …
… is to encourage and equip grassroots communities of the LCA/NZ to ‘have a go’ at local mission and ministry initiatives. It will provide grants for projects or activities that are likely to be commenced during this synodical term, 2015–2018 (though they may continue beyond 2018).
Are we eligible?
Eligible projects and activities will need to align with the LCA’s strategic priorities (outlined in ‘the blue book’: LCA Strategic Direction 2013–2018) and the group’s own mission and ministry goals. There will also be a focus on ‘going and growing’ as God’s people. The 50.500 panel assessing applications will also look favourably on projects and activities that are innovative, future-focused and sustainable in the mid- to long-term.
Pastor Neville Otto, Secretary of the Church, encourages all congregations to ‘have a go’ at trying something new in local mission and ministry. ‘While we recognise all the good things God has done over our 50 years together, this synodical term of celebration and commemoration is also the perfect time to seek God’s guidance for what he wants to do in the next 50 years – and then, to ‘have a go!’
‘The “Have a Go” Fund is one way the national church is encouraging congregations, schools and communities to adopt a future focus in their mission and ministry planning – and providing some practical assistance as well.