olypres GRANTS

In 2015, we announced two missional priorities emerging from the Presbytery "Mission in the message": 

1. 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.

How did we Do? (2018 update)

  • UMOJA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
  • NWC @ WCCW
  • LAKEWOODGRACE @ Little Church on the Prairie
  • GATHER | TACOMA, a NWC of OLYPRES

2. Invest presbytery resources of time, money and leadership into the mission of our current congregations in the next three years (2015-2018). 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. 

How did we Do? (2018 update)

  • Kelso merger with United Methodist partner
  • Hoquiam merger with Evangelical Lutheran partner
  • Revitalization work at Packwood to call a 2 year Designated Pastor
  • Revitalization work at St. John's Chapel by the Sea to call a 2 year Designated Pastor
  • Supported the transfer of Fruitland, Puyallup to NW Coast Presbytery 
  • Honored the dignity of a closing congregation by continuing the community partnership of Westminster Tacoma for 3 years while an AC listens for the Spirit's leading on next steps
  • Partnered in congregational visioning/pastoral searches in
    1. Longview
    2. Toledo
    3. Tenino
    4. Buckley
    5. United Churches of Olympia
    6. Westminster (Olympia)
    7. Mission Woods (Milton)
    8. Ocean Beach (Seaview)
    9. Fircrest
    10. Trinity, Tacoma
    11. University Place
    12. Shepherd of the Hill, Puyallup
  • Supported congregational healing and recovery at Harrison Square (Centralia)
  • Supported congregational healing and recovery at Cornerstone (Olympia)

To implement these priorities, the Presbytery adopted two types of GRANTS to be funded from our settlement funds: NEW WAYS GRANTS and CONGREGATIONAL GRANTS (SEED & REVITALIZATION). The Presbytery continues to offer the self-funded HUNGER GRANTS for local feeding programs.