Applying for a missional grant is an educational and financial process which includes both verbal and written processing (5-steps total). So, please read through all of the following prior to completing this application. Our goal via this vetting process is to steward well our CPC resources as we seek to follow Christ in his mission of loving people, places and things to life across the greater Nashville area.
Contact Cammy Bethea by October 15, 2017 to start the process. Applications due November 1, 2017.
What is a Missional Grant?
Dollars invested to engage in creative, missional initiatives which further our CPC mission. Everything applicants need to know about missional grants is discussed below. Please begin by reading the Missional Grants FAQs. Also, applicants may find this visual summary of Fikkert/Corbett's "When Helping Hurts" a valuable tool for understanding CPC's approach to loving people, places and things to life.
- November 1, 2017 (initial meeting must be requested by October 15, 2017)
- Step 1: Read, What Do We Mean By Missional Living? (PDF).
- Step 2: Email Cammy Bethea to be assigned two Mission Advisory Team (MAT) members with whom to discuss your idea/initiatives. Applicants must email Cammy by October 15, 2017.
- Step 3: Meet with those two MAT members (together) at an agreed-upon time.
- Step 4: With approval of those two MAT members, complete the application below and submit via email directly to your (two) MAT advocates by the deadline above. On your application, you'll select which category (from the essay in Step 1) best describes your grant need: Mercy & Justice, Faith & Work or Public Faith.
- Step 5: Prayerfully await notification.
Complete Your Application
Applicants need to know that we’re not just handing out cash. Rather, we’re looking to strengthen partnerships, which includes reporting how/where funds are making an impact. Our goal is to empower CPC members “on mission” to initiate specific projects whereby the gospel of Christ goes forth in both word and deed. As we consider our time, energy, gifts, talents, and possessions, we do so while remembering Jesus, who generously and sacrificially gave up everything for us. Therefore, we deeply desire to reflect His sacrificial love through our good stewardship - living and giving for the sake of others.
Before completing this grant application, each potential applicant should consider:
- Is it worth the time and money to apply?
- Is it worth the time and money to report?
Before completing this application, consider the dollar amount being requested. Missional grants should be transformative and redemptive – that is, making possible projects and initiatives that would not otherwise be possible. Ask yourself: if the members of our Missional Community each contributed a small amount of money to fund our project, would our costs be covered? If the answer is "yes," it may be worth reconsidering whether to apply. Conversely, an application that is seeking a large missional grant may genuinely need the funds to go forward. And, so, CPC will earnestly weigh the merits of devoting substantial funds. Max allowable per missional grant is $10,000.
Before completing this application, consider the criteria we believe align with our CPC vision. (We reserve the right to edit these criteria as we continually refine our process and desired outcome.)
- CPC membership
- Number of Nashville friends to be impacted through this investment.
- Leadership capacity and history
- Strategic need and impact (extent to which this funding is crucial at this time and place)
- Stewardship of position, expertise, assets, and relationships to bless others for the common good – i.e., for the advancing of God’s justice and shalom.
- Initiative that shows not only what we’re saved from but also what we’re saved for – i.e., partnering with God in His work of restoring all things (beyond the status quo).
- Nurturing the gifts, passions, and creativity of our CPC family to intersect in diverse ways with God’s priorities and Nashville’s needs.
*Be sure you have contacted Cammy to be assigned two MAT members with whom you'll meet before applying.