CBF/GA is seeking to further invest in our vision “to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission” through the State Mission Offering. Congregational ministry grants will provide an opportunity for CBF/GA to serve our churches who are seeking new ways to fulfill their mission within their local community. Churches may apply for a matching grant up to $2,000 to support a new ministry or missional endeavor. Each church awarded a grant must provide funds equal to or greater than the amount awarded by CBF/GA towards the cost of the proposed project. These congregational ministry grants will be awarded to our partner congregations from money collected through our annual State Missions Offering. Priority will be given to churches that did not receive a grant in 2019.
Deadline for Application Thursday, April 8, 2020
Applications may be submitted by a minister on staff, or a committee or group within the church. Churches are encouraged to partner with other CBF/GA churches in their neighborhood when possible. While CBF/GA does not have specific projects in mind, we do hope that these projects will further support the mission and values of CBF/GA. As such, projects should fall into one of the following categories…
- Community Partnerships – Perhaps you would like to begin a new relationship with a community organization or begin a new program with an existing partner.
- Interfaith Initiatives – Take this opportunity to host an interfaith gathering within your own church or begin a partnership with another faith group in your area.
- Local Mission Engagement – Identify an area of need that could be met by members of your church. This may also involve a community partner, or it may mean creating a new idea all together.
- Young Leadership Development – Identify young leadership within your congregation and specific ways you can help to encourage and support them. Perhaps your church would consider offering an internship for the first time.
Jody Long – Coordinator
2019 Congregational Ministry Matching Grants
(Provided through the CBF/GA State Mission Offering)
Edgewood Church, Atlanta
Scholarships for Medical Coder Classes
First Baptist Church Decatur/Scott Boulevard Baptist church
Collaborative Ministry Internship for older and isolated adults
First Baptist Church, Griffin
“Grace 127: Supporting Foster Families”
First Baptist Church of Christ, Macon
Helping to complete a home with Shelter Liberia
Hardwick Baptist Church, Milledgeville
“Dinner Church” gatherings for the community
Heritage Baptist Church, Cartersville
Church/community garden re-design and water collection project
Highland Hills Baptist Church, Macon
“Macon Neighbors” mission engagement video series
Horizon Baptist Fellowship, Summerville
Inspiration stations for teachers in local schools
Milledge Avenue Baptist Church, Athens
Community Composer Concert Weekend
Vineville Baptist Church, Macon
Referees for community basketball league
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this event is being postponed until Fall.
Cost: $20 per day
Location: 409 Elm Avenue, Americus, Georgia 31709
Registration Deadline: April 22, 2020
Please register ASAP so we can begin preparations. ALL are welcome on both days because different material will be covered. You do not have to fit into a particular category of leadership to attend any portion of the event. Both days will offer extensive training on the subject of community development, specifically in rural settings.
Non-Profit & Community Leaders
Friday, May 1, 2020
- 10:30 a.m. Registration Opens
- 11:00 a.m. Introduction to Together for Hope
- 12:00 p.m. Health & Nutrition (Eat while we meet!)
- 12:45 p.m. Housing & Environment
- 1:30 p.m. Break
- 1:45 p.m. Education
- 2:30 p.m. Social Enterprise
- 3:15 p.m. Networking Session – choose one Priority of Hope: (Education, Health & Nutrition, Housing & Environment, Social Enterprise)
- 4:00 p.m. Adjourn OR *Optional Site Visit 4-6 p.m.
*Optional Site Visits
1) Koinonia Farm Tour (Cost $5) – Koinonia was founded in 1942 by Clarence and Florence Jordan and Martin and Mabel England as a “demonstration plot for the kingdom of God.” This meant a community of believers sharing their lives, work and resources, following the example of the first Christian communities as described in the Acts of the Apostles. Attend a tour and learn the history and current ministry of Koinonia Farm.
2) Habitat for Humanity Global Village Tour (Cost $5) – The 6- acre village is a unique way to see life-size Habitat houses from countries around the world without leaving Southwest Georgia. Learn how Habitat for Humanity International works in partnership with families to build strength, stability and self-reliance.
3) Friends on a Mission Relief Center (free) – seethe vision of local change-makers who transformed an old sanctuary into a shelter that became a saving grace for hundreds of people. First, it housed Hurricane Katrina evacuees, but their doors remain open today to continue the work of transformation with the homeless community in Sumter County. The relief center provides job assistance and much more.
Clergy & Lay Leaders
Saturday, May 2, 2020
- 9:30 a.m. Doors open (registration for those who did not attend on 5/1)
- 10:00 a.m. Together for Hope/Community Development 101
- 11:00 a.m. Priorities of Hope Panel (Eat while we meet!)
- 12:00 p.m. Workshop Offerings
- 1:00 p.m. Workshop Offerings
Deep Dive into Together for Hope: A Rural Development Coalition – the key to alleviating poverty in rural communities already exists within the people who live in them. If that is true, then the only question we should be asking is how can we walk alongside those in rural spaces in order to bring about transformation? Find out how you can participate! Facilitator: Rev. Dr. K. Jason Coker
The Do’s and Don’ts of Mission Engagement in Rural Settings – ministry in rural communities is not the same as we might approach it in urban settings. Learn about the realities of rural living from a seasoned practitioner and how these realities affect the way we do missions. Facilitator: Lane Riley
Patches of Learning: How lessons gleaned in Thailand influence food security efforts in Immokalee, FL – Immokalee is an agricultural town in Southwest Florida where much of the America’s tomatoes, watermelons and other crops are grown. Despite such large-scale food production, various farmworker neighborhoods in the community are classified as food deserts. Explore the challenges of food insecurity with the aid of hindsight from previous experience in Thai hilltribe communities. Facilitators: Rick & Ellen Burnette
Melissa Browning is a theologian, ethicist, and activist who studies community-based responses to injustice. She teaches seminary students at Columbia Theological Seminary where she is the Interim Director of Contextual Education and International Partnerships. Browning is committed to helping students, community members and congregations understand the deeper issues surrounding poverty and racism.
Jeremy Lewis serves as the Executive Director of Urban Recipe, a non-profit organization in Atlanta, GA, that runs food co-ops for the food insecure in order to stabilize families and create community. Lewis previously served as the National Coordinator for Together for Hope which focused on the 20 most economically disadvantaged rural counties in the U.S.
Harold Tessendorf has served as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity sites throughout Georgia in the cities of Savannah, Macon & Milledgeville between 2001-2019. He previously served as the Country Director for Concern Universal in Lichinga, Mozambique, where he managed local economic community development.
The Rev. Dr. K. Jason Coker is the National Director of Together for Hope (TFH), the Rural Development Coalition of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Coker is originally from the Mississippi Delta. Having escaped the grinding poverty of the Delta, he felt compelled to connect resources with the needs in his home region. Coker founded Delta Hands for Hope (DHH) in 2013, which is a partner organization with TFH. Since its incorporation, DHH has become an award winning non-profit and has secured grants from the USDA that provides meals to children across Mississippi.
Days Inn Americus $75.00/night Call 229-924-4001 by 4/15
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