Missional congregations are shaped by participating in the creative love and reconciling mission of God through Christ. For these congregations, every part of the church and its activities are focused on fulfilling God’s mission in the world.
The Worm Project is a global initiative of Mosaic Conference that strives to relieve the suffering of millions of children. Through The Worm Project, we desire to be God’s hands and feet, helping nourish the minds, bodies, and souls of God’s children all over the world. The program distributes pills that purge worms from the intestinal tract. Each pill costs a few cents and is good for six months. Learn more….
Missional Operations Grants (MOGs) are available to all Conference congregations for creative partnerships and new possibilities for missional engagement both in the surrounding community and farther away. These partnerships are intent on mutuality, rooted in considerations of enacting justice, building on strengths, and calling forth new and next-generation leaders. The ministries and projects that have been funded by Missional Operations Grants are those building on the Mennonite tradition of faith and are trying new and creative initiatives to engage their own communities or people around the globe. To apply for a Mission Operations Grant, talk with your Leadership Minister.
The following criteria are used to discern grants requested:
- Connecting leaders and churches around the Great Commission.
- Strong investment in leadership development, especially of young people.
- Wise stewardship by avoiding duplication and dependency.
- Commitment to mutual accountability in intercultural relationships.
- Advocating evangelism, reconciliation, and justice.
- Multiplication of disciples, leaders, and ministries.
- Building mutual capacity among mission partners.
- Emphasizing gifts by building on capacity of all participants.
- Regular cultural relevance checks and adjustments of all initiatives.
In 2019, the Conference awarded 7 MOGs totaling $35,000:
- Towamencin Mennonite Church – partnered with Centro de Alabanza for upkeep of their church building in South Philly
- Nueva Vida Norristown New Life – support for a community outreach initiative
- Philadelphia Praise Center – support for their summer program and for Taproot Gap Year
- Indonesian Light Church – Leadership Development initiative
- Nations Worship Center – Vacation Bible School support
- Franconia Mennonite Church – partnership with Ripple Community for a chaplaincy ministry
- MCC Material Resource Center – a matching grant for supply kits for migrants
As I learned how to care for and share my sourdough starter, our congregation also shared their ingredients of love, compassion, desire, and care with our broader community.
I am committed to ongoing accompaniment and advocacy for the Asian American members and communities across our Conference: the peace of our land is dependent on the recognition of God’s imprint on each person.
In the midst of the constant barrage of news about COVID-19 (coronavirus), I doubt she was aware of how much her words resonated with those of another prophet, thousands of years ago.
With a matching grant from the Conference, Franconia congregations raised over $20,000, which made it possible to donate more than 370 kits.
Questions and concern around immigration have become increasingly important for members of Franconia Conference, which has seen a increase in immigrant congregations over the past decade.
Open arms and hearts to migrants is part of Christian discipleship.
Every time SWAP and the community members share meals and stories, they touch each others’ lives.
… God moves in ways we can’t predict; we can’t always control or change things with our own hands.
I believe these actions 60 years ago enlarged our hearts and understandings of the world and our connections within it.
By overcoming the obstacle of money, churches can begin to experiment; leaders and congregations are encouraged to be more creative.
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