- Christian Formation and Leadership Development
- Congregational Development
- Missional Engagement with Communities
- Prophetic Witness and Action for Reconciliation
- The Creation of New Faith Communities
Pray for the churches in West Side Story
The Pastors met on August 18 for their quarterly “luncheon.” The Elders also met on August 15 for their yearly “Elder’s Breakfast”. We missed getting together physically to break bread, but shared lively discussions over Zoom. Both groups voted to elect Associate Pastor Anita Bishop-Johnson to replace Pastor Matthew Glasgow as a co-convener for the 2020-2022 term. The general topic of discussion during the Elder’s Breakfast was “Pastoral Relations and Care – How Elders can support their Pastors during this Pandemic”. The Elders also shared news from our churches and information about re-opening strategies, pre-filled communion cups, bank accounts, fellowship and support using Zoom check-ins, and preaching on-line. There was much thankfulness expressed for the Lay Leader Training that occurred this January – it was a very timely event!
A Lay Preaching workshop led by Deborah Schmidt was held on Jan. 25. 21 participants joined us at the Hebron House and several churches had at least 3 people registered. Deborah gave a thorough, well-rounded, and informative discussion which was well received by all. Since the event, several of the participants have had the chance to preach and have mentioned how helpful the event was.
Meetings in 2020
WSS General Meetings/Workshops
- October 3 : Leadership Training will happen via Zoom. Time 9-Noon
Quarterly Pastor Lunches
- Last Quarterly Pastor Luncheon will be in November
For more information, WSS Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Process for Grant Requests
Download document, save with a unique name, and enter in your information. After completion, save and attach the form to a new email and send to email@example.com. The grant application must include a planned budget for spending, whether the grant is given up front or by reimbursement, and the name of the church which will receive and disburse the funds. Requests for grants should be signed by the pastor.
Once received, the conveners will review the request with the WSSMG Steering Team at their next meeting. The Steering Team will be responsible for determining if the request meets the goals of the Ministry Group and if funds are available.
The Steering team may approve grants up to $3000 and report this at the next WSSMG meeting; anything $3000 or more are to be approved by the majority of people at a meeting of the entire Ministry Group. These votes will be considered the decision of the WSSMG, regardless of the number of congregations present. Funding preference will be given to churches that have paid per capita and contributed to Shared Ministry.
A “Request for Ministry Group Expenditure Fund” will be filled out by the Steering Committee, signed by a co-convener, and submitted to Presbytery along with the original Grant Request. The church holding the funds will be responsible for saving all receipts and submitting an itemized reconciliation to the conveners within a month after the grant has been spent or by the Ministry Group’s deadline. Any unused funds will be returned by check to the Presbytery, earmarked appropriately. The church may hold the receipts in lieu of submitting copies to the conveners, but they must make copies available to the Presbytery in case of audit.
The congregation receiving a grant will be expected to report the outcome of their use of the funds at a future meeting. It is both uplifting and a means of sharing ideas with other congregations when we jointly celebrate the good news of how we are doing the work of Jesus Christ with our sister congregations.
Although it is not absolutely required, it is certainly a sign of serious and faithful stewardship when the congregation requesting a grant uses some of their own resources in the project in the form of their own money and time. You should indicate in your request how much of your own money, if any, and time will be used.
If there is potential for other congregations within the WSSMG or Presbytery to join in a project for which the funds will be used, a statement of how other congregations might share in the ministry or project should be included with the request.
The Steering Team may approve the request for the full amount or they may reduce the amount based on available budget or other concerns. If they do, they will notify the requesting congregation with an explanation of why. If the request does not appear to meet one of the required goals, they will discuss the request with the requester, getting further written justification as necessary.