Communities of Theological Friendship grant opportunity
Communities of theological friendship are a vital element in a healthy system of faithful pastoral leadership in the Body of Christ. The Communities of Theological Friendship Initiative is seeking to strengthen communities of theological friendship across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Read about the initiative in a news story
What is a “community of theological friendship”?
- A community of theological friendship is a small group of pastoral leaders:
- Meeting together over a sustained period of time, reflecting on God and God’s ways in the world, awaiting God’s presence as a participant in their life together.
- Praying and worshipping together when they gather.
- Engaging in theological reflection together when they gather – over Scripture, or over some theological work that stirs reflection on the faith.
How can the Communities of Theological Friendship Initiative help me be part of such a group?
There are many groups of pastoral leaders across the PC(USA). Lectionary study groups, book groups, small groups for mutual support. Others are ready to start a community of theological friendship but need a spark to get started. Resources, guidance, networking - the office of Theology and Worship can provide these things to help you get started.
The Communities of Theological Friendship Initiative grant program provides financial resources to help strengthen existing and spark new communities of theological friendship.
|Who is eligible? Any pastoral leader in the PC(USA).|
|What is the amount of a mini-grant? Up to $1,500.|
|When is the grant to be used? During the calendar year in which it is awarded|
What could a grant fund?
- Providing a book or other resource for reading and reflection
- Funding a speaker or facilitator
- Making a group retreat possible
- Providing pulpit supply reimbursement to allow group members to worship at one another’s congregations
We believe pastoral leaders across this denomination will have creative, substantial ideas for ways in which a mini-grant will enable their community of theological friendship (existing or newly formed) to practice theological friendship in deep, sustaining ways.
When do applications need to be submitted?
Applications for mini-grants and Cultivating grants are accepted on a rolling basis as funds are available. Decisions on awarding grants will be communicated to applicants six weeks after receipt of finalized applications.
Ann, your group sounds wonderful! At the present time we are not awarding additional grants. We are working to raise additional funds for grants and hope to be able to award additional grants in the future. Please do check back in as your group's plans develop.
Are these funds still available. We're looking at a joint effort among three established churches and a new worshiping community to discern mission and outreach collaboratively.
I only found out about these grants now. Are these grants still available? There is a Presbyterian Church where I am serving in Pittsburgh PA might like to apply. Thank you. Minh Towner Middler year Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
In case you share Rev. Avery's question, we still have money to award in grants. If a Communities of Theological Friendship mini-grant will help strengthen your community of theological friendship, or enable you to start one, please apply! We look forward to hearing from your group.
In case you share Rev. Avery's question, we still have money to award in grants. If a Communities of Theological Friendship mini-grant will help strengthen your community, or enable you to start one, please make an application! We look forward to hearing from your group.