Submitted by the Rev. C. Dennis Shaw
Legacy Committee Convener (without vote)
The Legacy Fund Standing Committee (LFSC or Committee) was formed by the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference (RMC) in 2011 to advise and make recommendations to the RMC Board of Trustees on matters related to the disposition of discontinued or abandoned local church properties as well as other assets as designated by the Trustees. The intent of the Legacy Fund is to provide critical funding for projects and encourage ministries that will make a difference and enhance vital congregations through new professions of faith, increased worship attendance, enhanced small group development, or assist the local church to be in active mission outreach to the local community and world.
It is our hope that high impact, innovative, and creative ministries are encouraged as a result of this fund. Measurable results are expected in a timely manner. Legacy Fund grants are by definition for projects that equal or exceed $10,000 in their scope. Regular reporting on the project is an expectation of the Committee.
The voting members of the Committee are representatives of the RMC Board of Trustees, Council on Finance and Administration, New Church Development, Appointed Cabinet, and Director of Mission and Ministry. There is a Convener appointed by the Trustees who facilitates the efforts but is without vote.
The Committee operates in concert with New Church Development by augmenting program and other funding required by new local churches. For example, the new local churches at Elizabeth, Colorado and in Frederick, Colorado (ICON) have been given assistance in the procurement of audio visual equipment and meeting space.
In addition, the Conference Board of Discipleship is a recipient of a grant they then use for smaller, more modest projects. We anticipate this continuing.
The Committee makes recommendations to the Trustees and has no authority to take action without Trustee approval. The most recent round of grant requests is pending approval by the Trustees and this page will be updated as soon as those recommendations in totality are approved.
In the nearly five years of providing these grants, the following logic appears to be solidifying in the actions of the Committee.
The Committee plans to have two windows a year, given funds availability, where churches and conference agencies are invited to apply for grants.