Local Mission Funding Applications for RMC Churches:
The work of Jesus was done on the ground: He got his hands “in the mud” with the people he served, directly helping outcasts, the sick, the poor, and the forgotten—and he asked his disciples to do the same. Now, in the Rocky Mountain Conference, we are challenging you to also be “In the Mud” following Jesus’s example, with regard to our distribution of mission dollars.
Historically, we have given grants to nonprofits within our tri-state region, having full faith that their missions were advancing the work of Jesus. However, at our last Annual Meeting, the Conference voted to adopt a more “in the mud” approach to sharing mission dollars, by advancing our local churches’ mission outreach.
In 2017, mission dollars will be granted to our local churches to empower and incite new missions and ministries in your community. Like Jesus, we ask that you get “in the mud” with the ministry you want to advance. For example, if you want to help fund a food pantry, we ask that your congregation work directly with the food pantry as well. By being “in the mud,” you will connect and build relationships with local ministries and the people they serve, walking as Jesus did to heal a hurting world.
When you look around, what needs do you see? What new ways of doing ministry would you try if you had some support? Where is the hurt in your community? How can you help the needy in your own backyard?
This new funding model doesn’t necessarily preclude agencies we have previously funded from receiving support. However, these funds will no longer come directly from the Rocky Mountain Conference. Instead, local churches will be empowered to submit a funding proposal for their outreach ministry. Agencies that have received mission dollars in the past have been advised of our new process, and are invited to connect with one of our local churches to find creative ways for that church to expand its ministry.
There are two funding cycles tentatively planned for 2017:
- The deadline for the first cycle is February 17; decisions will be communicated by March 1.
- The deadline for the second cycle is August 14; decisions will be communicated by September 1.
Funding proposal forms are to be filled out by local churches and sent to the Rocky Mountain Conference.
Churches can send their applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail-mail to:
Rocky Mountain Conference
Attn: Local Mission Funding 2017
1140 W. 5th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204