What Would You Do with a Grant from EES?
GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE 2/4/2019 – GET STARTED NOW!
We want to help you take the next step in making your idea a reality. EES offers grants for innovative evangelism — but what does that mean?
Usually — but not always! — a successful project falls into one of three categories:
- Starting new faith communities:
- Going into a community where church isn’t
- Offering church to a common interest group
- Offering a new expression of a faith community
- Giving new skills to existing faith communities, that empower them to reach out to others in new ways:
- Training/equipping folks to see and name Christ in others
- Offering new ways of relating as community
- Offering new leadership models
- Empowering members of faith communities to engage others around a common interest, outside the church, but from a faith perspective
- Offering a new image of what church stands for
- Offering a culturally innovative interpretation of Christian mission
- Interpreting Christianity in culturally relevant language
We are excited to hear YOUR ideas! Sometimes, though, it’s helpful to take inspiration from the work of those who have gone before us. Read below for recent examples of grants awarded by EES.
New Faith Communities
- The Peace Meal Project: offering table fellowship to immigrants. Welcome, food, church-sponsored.
- New HOPE Center Worshipping Community: inviting members of a recovery community to form a worshipping community. Offering faith practices in a group that is already community, has a common bond.
- The Church at Crossroads: forming relationships with clients of a social services agency; inviting them to engage, and later join, a worshipping community. Relationship, belonging, pastoral care.
- Table on the Green: an alternative worshipping community in an established congregation, that engages a diverse population. Attractional, seekers, new expressions of faith.
- Evangelism in Southern Malawi: training and supporting a ministry team for a geographically inaccessible, but vital, community. New leadership model.
New Skills for Existing Faith Communities
- Dementia Ministry: developing resources to support ministry with people with dementia, their families, and their caregivers. New skills for an existing faith community.
- Living Into Our Baptismal Covenant in Response to the TRC Calls to Action: Trusting in the Wisdom of Our Voices, Bodies and Breath; Strengthening Witness and Leadership: Listening, learning, building relationships, leading workshops and coaching, to explicitly link living into the Baptismal Covenant to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. Practicing intentional storytelling to build community, strengthen voices and empower leadership.
- Gifts from God: Spirituality and Sexuality: using contemplative practices to explore issues in human sexuality. New skills for faith leaders; new ways to tell our stories.
- Faith From the Margins to the Web: Makes Gospel-based reflections of the poor and oppressed available, via the web, across lines of class and privilege. Valuing everyone’s story; new way of seeing Christ in the other.
- Empowering Women in Western Tanganyika: a program of preaching, teaching and networking intended to elevate the status of women in society and in the church. New leadership model; new way of seeing Christ in the other.
Faithfully Engaging Culture
- Center for the Study of Faith in Justice: offering events designed to promote reconciliation between law enforcement and justice seekers. New image of church, for those outside; new skills for the faith community.
- Stations of the Cross DC: built around public art and led by a digital app, the program related the traditional stations to contemporary concerns. New language in contemporary culture.
- Community for the Common Good: a program for members of a congregation to develop a faithful and articulate response to climate change. New image of church, new skills for the faith community.
- God’s Love and the LGBTQ+ Community: a church-sponsored summit for PFLAG members and friends, intended to make known the Episcopal church’s welcoming position for all. New image of church; challenging perceptions of what “church” stands for.
- Prison Reform in Liberia: a church-led movement to transform the Liberian prison culture from punitive to rehabilitative. Offering a culturally innovative interpretation of Christian mission.
Call our Executive Director, Day Smith Pritchartt, at 703.807.1862 to get started!