For the sixth year in a row, the Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT) will be making grants to Ohio Conference congregations and related organizations for projects and mission initiatives. This year the MDT has $24,992 available for grants. The deadline to apply for a grant in 2017 has passed. The MDT will consider all grant applications at its next meeting on Aug. 23.

Previous grants

The following article details the grants approved by the Ministry Development Team in 2016:

Ministry Development Team awards eight grants

The Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT) has awarded eight grants totaling $21,614 to Ohio Conference congregations and Conference-related groups. The MDT approved the grants at its Aug. 1 meeting in Upper Sandusky.

Funding for these grants comes from surplus funds that had accumulated during years in which the Conference ended its fiscal year with a surplus.

Grants will provide funding toward the following projects:

Connexus (a developing conflict management center for Holmes and Wayne counties) —Mediation training grants for volunteers, educational services for the public, and publicity and marketing

Huber Mennonite — Renovation of a 40’ x 60’ steel building for use in church outreach activities and community use

Lighthouse Ministries of Canton — Peace curriculum and team-building curriculum for use with grade school students in an after-school program

MennoMedia — The development of a new hymnal for congregations in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada

Salem Mennonite (Waldron, Mich.) — Development of a welcome area in the congregation’s new worship facility, with a coffee house-style atmosphere in part of the gathering area

Salem Mennonite (Wooster) — Playground set for the church grounds

Toledo Mennonite and partnering organizations— Guns into Garden Tools event in Toledo, to be held in Toledo Oct. 29-30

Wayne County Five-Church Network — Funds for Chestnut Ridge Mennonite, Crown Hill Mennonite, Martins Mennonite, Orrville Mennonite and Salem Mennonite of Wooster to work with consultant JR Rozko to develop their missionary competencies in their local setting

To learn more details about these projects, see the descriptions published in Ohio Mennonite Evangel.