Leadership Grant Application

The Leadership Team of the Delaware-Maryland Synod works so that our leaders, lay and rostered, will be energized to serve with passion, health, and effectiveness. In a time when the needs of congregations are rapidly changing, we believe it is important for all leaders in the church to be adequately prepared to lead congregations into the challenges of ministry in the 21st century. With this challenge in mind, we are dedicating funds from our synod's Forward in Faith capital campaign for the purpose of providing grants for adaptive leadership training. These Leadership Grants are designed to help leaders and congregations begin the process of changing the culture of church leadership, host church council retreats, and/or attend continuing education programming centered on church leadership and management.

We anticipate providing Leadership Grants to approximately 6-10 applicants in our synod this year. These grants will provide seed funding for new efforts and as such are not intended to sustain ongoing projects, support endowment funds, reduce deficits, or cover core operating expenses such as salaries. The purpose of these grants is to help leaders and congregations alike undertake training and educational opportunities so that they might adapt to the ever-changing needs of ministry.

Leadership Grants will fund no more than 50% of the total cost of a proposal and our synod’s maximum total contribution for any single project will be $5,000. Leadership Grants are available to any leader or congregation committed and rooted in the ministry of our Delaware-Maryland Synod and our shared effort to discerning God’s plan.

● Please submit all proposal materials through this form by December 15, 2019. Funding decisions will be made as expediently as possible. We anticipate that congregations will receive funds and begin work by January 1, 2020.

● The Rev. John Nelson, the Grant Coordinator for the Leadership Team, will coordinate with each leader or congregation that receives a grant for the purpose of sharing successes and lessons learned across our synod. Our desire is to share information about grant-funded projects in publications, videos, and other materials produced by our synod.

● All applicants that receive Leadership Grants will be expected to submit a final report describing the impact of the project and how funds were expended.
  • Your congregation's approach to leadership

    Please briefly answer the following questions (200-word limit for each)
  • Project description

    Please describe your proposed project in no more than 1,000 words. Be sure to address the following questions:
    ● What do you plan to accomplish for the sake of Gospel of Jesus Christ?
    ● How will you measure the success of the effort?
    ● What do you anticipate learning and sharing with other congregations in our synod?
  • Grant request

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  • Other information

  • This letter, written on the congregation’s letterhead, should be signed by the lead pastor(s), council president, and one lay leader who will be involved in the project. The letter should indicate both awareness of and support for the proposed project.
  • Space to attach additional materials below
  • Please include one letter of support from an organization or individual outside of the congregation that could speak to the value of the project in the neighborhood or the impact it could have for the sake of the Gospel.
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