Grants for Missional Initiatives
CBOQ provides grants to help our churches access ministry opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. We support the innovative, sustainable and replicable ideas of our churches so that when God calls them to take a leap of faith, we are able to come alongside them—and share those good ideas with other churches.
As funding allows, CBOQ offers small to medium sized grants to member churches wishing to begin or expand outward-focused ministry.
CBOQ grants can help start new ministries, or give a boost to existing ones to help them flourish. While the goal is always to work toward sustainability, sometimes a grant can help to get a good idea off the ground and create incredible opportunities to shine the light of Christ into new places.
We serve a creative God, who is able to do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. We are blessed to have the opportunity to equip our churches and leaders as they engage in their mission from God.
CBOQ Grants are meant to enable ministry in several different areas:
The whole world has come to Canada. A broad mission field has opened up at our doorstep. Mission plants are “discerned ventures” that have the potential and permission to become local expressions of the church. Mission planting begins by recognizing specific areas of ministry where God is already at work and joining with him; serving in Jesus’ name, sharing His love and salvation, allowing authentic community to develop and then coming together to celebrate God’s work in an appropriate manner.
Church Planting can take various shapes. A new congregation might start within an existing church or it might begin in a brand new setting, in an entirely different community. Sometimes, an existing church might consider “re-planting” – starting over again in the same place with a new mission. This is another expression of Church Planting.
Missional Initiative grants are meant to encourage the development of healthy congregations by funding inventive, ministry activities strategically designed to turn the face of CBOQ churches towards their communities for the sake of Christ. There is a broad spectrum of mission activities that may be funded by these grants; ministry to children and youth, to seniors, to newcomers, to the marginalized, and to those who are closest to us who have been made the most distant from us by reasons of injustice. Missional Initiative grants are meant to be given to initiate or expand any sort of Christ centred ministry that would engage the church in the life of its community.
Churches have life cycles. Mission focused churches are continually transforming themselves to align with God’s mission for who they are and how they serve. Church Transformation Grants are meant to provide funding for coaching and training for churches that are actively seeking transformation.
Sponsoring a Refugee
No one is a refugee by choice. Thousands of people are forced to flee their homes out of fear for their lives and liberty. Imagine leaving behind everything you know – food, culture, friends, family. Imagine leaving behind your home, your possessions, your security. Imagine arriving in a strange land with only what you can carry. Imagine finding yourself in a refugee camp, living in a tent, wondering if you will ever be home again. CBOQ supports refugees in two different ways:
The Canadian Private Sponsorship of Refugees program uniquely allows groups to sponsor refugees. Sponsorship is a commitment to ensure that sponsored refugees have the necessary support to integrate into life in Canada. This is a legal commitment providing basic financial support and care for the sponsored refugee(s) for 12 months.
CBOQ acts as the “Agreement Holder” with the Government of Canada. CBOQ member churches may sponsor refugees as Constituent Groups under this overarching agreement.
The process can be challenging but also fulfilling. Helping a refugee resettle in Canada gives them a chance to be home again, a chance to rebuild their lives. You can help.
There are some refugees who arrive with literally nothing. They are not sponsored by any individual, church or group – but simply cross our border with no way to navigate on their own. We are grateful for the ministry of Matthew House that offer appropriate shelter geared specifically toward the unique settlement needs of refugee claimants. The first Matthew House, in Toronto, grew out of the vision of the need and a passion to respond, of Anne Woolger. As the Executive Director of the Toronto Matthew House, Anne and staff regularly speak at churches and other groups, educating the public about the plight of refugees and the need for people to reach out to them.
There are now four Matthew Houses in Ontario:
Interested in refugee ministries?
You may not be ready to open a Matthew House in your town, or sponsor a refugee. Other ways to participate are to volunteer, partner or fundraise. Contact Kevin Long CBOQ’s Refugee Liaison to explore opportunities.
The challenges of ministry are complex. Responding to them requires vision and resources that many small churches believe are well beyond their abilities.
Through Mission Accelerators, small churches can access new resources and find fresh ways to reach out and link with others in church planting, re-planting or the re-vitalization of their congregations. To equip churches for meaningful ministry, Accelerators also hosts small church Vision Accelerators—learning opportunities like our Small Church Envisioning Days that will encourage people with ideas, stories, resources and opportunities to network with other churches and leaders.