God is up to something!
That was the message that resounded in our hearts and minds at CAM 2013. Then we heard the ominous warnings of doom and gloom, scarcity, and angst that seemed to come with the Comprehensive Review initiative. But there was light shining in the darkness and the darkness could not overcome it.
God is up to something!
Behold! I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Together we were courageous and hopeful and responded to the Spirit’s movement by putting into motion something quite wonderful.
We chose to embrace transformation.
We chose to invest ourselves and our resources into Transformational Ministry.
The Bay of Quinte Transformational Ministry team wants to support you, your congregations and your presbyteries in ministry.
We want to invest in you!
We want to work toward transformation.
If you have an idea for a way of transforming a ministry in your midst;
if you have a feeling that you’re being nudged to do something but you’re not quite sure what it is and need to figure it out;
if you have a sense that planting seeds is more life-giving than fighting fires and you’re looking for inspiration;
maybe God is up to something in you!
In these days of challenge and uncertainty
we can be certain that there is Good News.
Support is available.
Funding is available.
Inspiration is available.
Transformation is possible!
God is up to something. . .
BQ Transformational Ministry – Discerning and Funding
What is transformational ministry?
Transformation is the act or process of changing in form, appearance, nature or character. It’s the nature of that change that is important. Transformation flows from the inside out, not the other way. This means that transformation is not a technique, or a program, or a structure but rather a journey of discovery and renewal that seeks to reshape people, who together transform ministries.
Whatever we’re inspired to transform, be it worship or spiritual formation, governance or ministry models, the thing to remember is that it is about relationships before structures.
Transformed people transform churches.
As you dream about possible projects and funding, keep in mind these key questions:
what are we really hoping to transform?
- will this ministry do something substantially different than we do now?
- how is it innovative, or collaborative, or cooperative?
- how will people and relationships be transformed (and not just structures)?
Transformational ministry takes many forms. There is not one way to do it and no single process or path will accommodate the vast variety of possibilities. Wherever you may be in your thoughts or discernment we encourage you to contact the team and let us help you shape your plan.
Initial Funding Proposal Process
- Write a proposal that answers the questions below and submit it to Dick Prince at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Transformational Ministry team will review it, seek clarification if needed, and respond to your request as soon as possible.
- Contact information
- Describe your project in a paragraph or two, including how you see it as transformational
- What are the desired outcomes?
- How will you measure or evaluate the project?
- After this project what will the next steps in your vision be?
- Detailed Funding Request
Blessings on your journey of transformation! God is up to something!