At our “State of the Presbytery” in February 2015 we announced two missional priorities in the light of the vision OlyPres adopted in January 2011:
1. We will create three new church developments in the next three years (2015-2018).
This means we, as a presbytery and as congregations, commit to use our presbytery money from churches that have left ("Settlement Funds") AND invest finances, people and leadership resources from our congregations to give these new church developments the best opportunity to succeed.
2. We will invest in the next three years (2015-2018) presbytery resources of time, money and leadership into the mission of our current congregations. This means we, as a presbytery and as congregations, commit to help congregations grow by engaging unchurched people in their neighborhoods and broader communities as intended by our vision to “foster missional communities...” We will invest funds from settlement money in congregations for missional experiments. These experiments will focus on concerns such as: the adaptive challenges they themselves identify, ecumenical and interfaith efforts to bring health and wholeness to our communities, and to developing new expressions of the church in new worshipping communities.
To implement these priorities, the Presbytery adopted two types of GRANTS to be funded from our settlement funds. Please click the links below to access information and application forms.
NEW WAYS GRANTS FOR NEW WORSHIPPING COMMUNITIES
These are matching grants of up to $25,000 to partnerships of churches and leaders for ministry experiments.
New Ways Grant application [For example, this application by Little Church on the Prairie was approved in 2016]
OLYMPIA PRESBYTERY CONGREGATIONAL GRANTS
Seed Grants are non-renewable grants for ministry experiments, continuing the grants offered since 2013
Hunger Grants up to $500 a year from 2 Cents-a-Meal Funds
Peacemaking Grants from the Peace and Global Witness Offering. (NOTE: August 2016--as of this date, there are no Peacemaking funds currently available, please contact the Presbytery for more information).