Through our annual Volunteer State Missions Offering, TCBF allocates funds for mission grants to assist partner congregations in their efforts to participate in God’s mission in the world. These grants provide seed money to support purposeful mission engagement in your Tennessee community. Please note - because the grants are funded by the State Missions Offering - proposed projects must take place within Tennessee.
CBF prioritizes eight mission initiatives focused on ministry to “the least of these." We ask that these factor in your application; in other words, please frame your request with one or more of these priorities. Should you require assistance, please let us know.
Your congregation can apply for a mission grant of up to $1,000.
TCBF encourages you to consider way that you might partner also with other congregations in your community or among TCBF partner congregations in Tennessee.
Each congregation discerns when, how and where to engage in God's mission. Through this grant application process, TCBF offers suggestions to assist, as needed, the discernment process among the leaders of your congregation.
- Prayerfully discern where God is calling you and/or your congregation to make a kingdom impact in your neighborhood or in the world (you might consider conversations with other congregations, helping agencies, denominational leaders or community leaders).
- Engage members of the congregation in conversation about needs being addressed by the mission project. Share information gleaned from conversations with other groups addressing this need (whether inside or outside the church).
- Apply for the TCBF Missional Grant (up to $1,000 per project each year) through the submission of the online application at the bottom of this page. The TCBF Coordinating Council determines grant recipients. When awarding grants, preference will be given to individuals and congregations affiliated with TCBF.
- Call the congregation to prayer for the mission project and all involved, especially those to whom you will minister. Coordinate the project with the church’s mission team or committee and pastoral staff. Keep the members of the congregation aware of the project from start to finish.
- Inform the congregation of the mission grant awarded by TCBF. Include in the announcement that the funding source the Volunteer State Missions Offering, TCBF's state missions offering.
- Implement the mission project.
- Immediately following the mission project, assemble all participants for a time of reflection and sharing. What was discovered about needs within the community or where the project was located? What did the participants learn about themselves as a result of the project? In what ways did participants experience spiritual transformation?
- Write a report/reflection from the mission project and share it with the congregation and TCBF (if possible, include digital pictures or video taken during the project). Use all available avenues for telling stories about the experiences of participants and those served by the mission project.
- Engage the congregation in conversation about needs discovered through the mission project. Is God calling individuals within the congregation or the entire congregation to address these needs on an ongoing basis? Who in the community might the congregation partner with (other congregations, ministry organizations, agencies, civic groups) to address ongoing needs and systemic issues/structures contributing to them?
Before submitting your application, consider the following story as an example of a viable project.