Micro Matching Grants Help SC Churches Pay for Online Services
By Bener Agtarap
During this time of the COVID-19 global pandemic, many United Methodist local churches in the United States and other countries are continuing to pursue their mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ by offering online worship gatherings and other services. While some churches are preparing to return to in-person assemblies, most of these local congregations are making online presence an integral part of their overall ministry plan going forward.
Annual conferences are seeking ways to support local churches by providing financial assistance and other services, so that churches can effectively carry out their mission amid the current crisis.
The congregational development team of the South Carolina Conference is providing micro matching grants to help offset expenses related to launching and sustaining online worship services and presence (examples: equipment, software licenses, etc.).
If the total start-up investment needed is $450, and the church or charge invests $225, a grant of $225 could be awarded. If the total start-up investment needed is $1,000 or more, and the church or charge invests $500 or more, a grant of $500 could be awarded.
Funding is available only to South Carolina Conference churches.
“As churches are living in unprecedented times, the Congregational Development Team seeks to offer practical and timely support to help them stay connected with their communities and congregations while social distancing measures are a necessity,” said Rev. James L. Friday, Director of Congregational Development of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.