The most compelling proposals include:
(1) a statement of hoped-for learnings or changes;
(2) a well-articulated relationship between the proposed activities and the invigorating and sustaining of ministers and ministry;
(3) a robust agenda, meaning non-trivial subject matter and actions, adequate attention to the cohort as community, an explicit but not overly constraining learning agenda, and ongoing practices to support the enterprise;
(4) a sound, thoughtful, realistic budget.
Helpful questions for your consideration include:
- How often would you meet together?
- Where would you meet?
- Who would facilitate your meetings or who will be invited as resource persons?
- What would you read or share as common texts?
- What creative endeavors would you undertake?
- Where might you engage in service?
- What would you do with an award of as much as $10,000?
Absent exceptional circumstances, proposals will not be awarded which:
- seek to host one event as the sole cohort activity
- only fund participation by members in a group traveling as part of another institution
- aim to launch a new ministry effort
- dedicate more than 10% of the award to the purchase of equipment
- provide more than 50% of the budget to one resource person.
The proposal should also include responses to the following questions:
- How will you know whether you have reached your hoped-for learnings or changes?
- What would have to happen or not happen for you to be deeply disappointed?
- How might you share what you learn with others in ministry?
Applicants are welcome to consult with Melissa Wiginton, Vice President for Education Beyond the Walls, as they are preparing proposals.