Story and photo submitted by Kristi Kinnison
Executive Director, Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation
What would your church do with $2,500?
The Mountain Sky United Methodist Foundation announces its grant program for 2019. This year more money is available, including $200,000 set apart for legacy Yellowstone Conference churches, and a scholarship program for financial stewardship training. It's time to start dreaming about ministry opportunities that this matching grant amount could help kick-start.
Last year, the foundation awarded five grants of $2,500 each to churches in the Mountain Sky Conference. The grants went to Deer Park UMC, a small mountain church near Bailey, Colorado, Peoples UMC in Colorado Springs, Heart of Longmont (Colorado), St. Luke's UMC Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Green Mountain UMC in Lakewood, Colorado. Previous years have included grants in Colorado and Utah.
The 2019 Grant Program scholarship expansion encourages individuals who commit to attending financial stewardship training events. Some ideas include three coming up soon include ones in Denver, Nashville, and multiple teleconference sites throughout our conference. Programs include Appreciative Philanthropy, The Lake Institute, and Church of the Resurrection.
Scott Arthur, of Appreciative Philanthropy, has transformed the fundraising efforts of St. Andrew UMC in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, according to pastor Mark Feldmeir. He is presenting a seminar in Denver which is described as a “workshop teaching the fundamental skills necessary to thrive at a time of challenge and change in philanthropy. Come to learn the essential shifts that will inspire more philanthropy, invigorate staff, and transform how we think and work in relationship-based philanthropy.” It will be held September 5-6, at the Halcyon Hotel in Denver's Cherry Creek area. The foundation will provide scholarship assistance. If you're interested, visit the workshop's website: https://appreciativephilanthropy.com/products/denver-co-event
. Registration is limited to 40 attendees.
The foundation will also provide scholarship assistance for individuals who wish to receive the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF). This is granted from an “intensive program with a practical application project, provides the research, tools and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations.” The program includes four one-day seminars, selected readings, and a final project. It will be Aug. 5-8 in Nashville. Interested? Visit this website: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/369187
. Registration is limited to 26 persons.
The Church of the Resurrection is teaming up with the Global Leadership Organization for a Global Leadership Summit Aug. 8-9 at more than 500 teleconferencing locations throughout the U.S., including in every state of our conference. The Leadership Summit focuses on leadership development, teamwork, authenticity, and many other facets of leadership, given by successful leaders in many areas of life and leadership. If you're interested, visit this website: https://globalleadership.org/global-lead
The five recipients of the 2018 grants used their funds for a variety of creative projects:
- Deer Park UMC in Bailey, Colorado established a loan reserve fund to allow their giving to catch up with the needs of refinancing debt.
- Peoples UMC in Colorado Springs, Colorado purchased video streaming and recording equipment for enabling homebound and other regular contributors to participate in worship and other events.
- Green Mountain UMC in Lakewood, Colorado is collaborating with Denver Urban Gardens to establish a Community Garden to help feed the neighborhood, a food desert and low-income area. Funders had purchased bricks which needed to be installed.
- Heart of Longmont in Longmont, Colorado is using a consultant and purchased materials to focus on building their endowment and increasing younger members and families to participate in the endowment program, as senior members depart.
- St. Luke's in Highlands Ranch, Colorado is using their grant as seed money for the establishment of FREE, a new ministry with addicts, loved ones, and spiritual refugees, with the hope that this could be a new church plant.
Churches interested in applying for a $2,500 matching grant should obtain the information form and checklist from the foundation web site (https://www.mountainskyumf.org/grants-program/
) and contact the foundation for more information, at info@MountainSkyUMF.org
or call 303-778-6370.