In her State of the Conference remarks at Annual Meeting in June, Conference Minister Shari Prestemon invited congregations in the Conference to a time of intentional discernment and faithful re-imagination. “Re-imagination is a core strategy for our future, a tool for noticing and seizing the new thing God is longing to do in this ‘Age of the Spirit’,” she said. “We need to re-imagine what it looks like to ‘be Church’ in this historical moment for the sake of a Gospel and a witness that this world and our communities sorely need.”
Applications are now being accepted from congregations for “Re-Imagination Grants” to support this faithful, creative work. A single congregation applying may request up to $2,000; two or more congregations applying together may apply for a maximum of $3,000. Applications are being accepted now through December 25 and will be reviewed as they are received. Grants will be awarded until all money allocated for these grants has been depleted. These grants are being funded by the Conference’s 21st Century Church Fund and the Ashley Fund.