The Berry Blvd. Grants - gifts from the sweetest little church that used to be.
The Berry Boulevard New Ministry Grant Fund is the legacy of the Berry Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Louisville. The church was organized in 1908 and ministered faithfully in its neighborhood. In 2010 the congregation, having dwindled to 12, asked the presbytery to close the church. As part of its closing the congregation requested that assets from the sale of the property be designated for “new ministries.” The Congregational Development Unit of the presbytery was asked to develop and administer this program for the presbytery.
The fund is intended to assist in the start-up of new ministries in Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. New ministries, for this grant, are understood to be innovative and creative outreach to new or underserved populations within the presbytery bounds with the goal of creating new disciples. These new ministries may include plans of outreach/evangelism, compassion and justice designed to meet the physical, social justice, pastoral care and spiritual needs of the community and of people primarily outside an existing congregation. The new ministry proposals may be sponsored by a group, existing congregation, groups of congregations, or presbytery-sponsored entities.
Berry Boulevard New Ministry grants are intended as seed-money to help in the exploration and/or initial implementation of the new ministry. Projects should expect to receive a maximum one-time grant of up to $5,000.
Grant application forms are available in Microsoft Word format and may be downloaded from the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery web page www.midkentuckypresbytery.org, or by e-mail from the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery office.
Completed applications shall be submitted to the Congregational Development Unit of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. They may be submitted at any time after January 1, 2011. The CDU will ordinarily act on applications within three months. Approved projects will be reported to the presbytery.
INSTRUCTIONS: E-mail or mail the completed application with required attachments to the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery Office. This form is available in Microsoft Word format and may be downloaded from the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery web page www.midkentuckypresbytery.org, or requested by e-mail from the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery office.
In narrative form, please respond to the following.
1. Vision: Describe the vision for the project.
2. Staffing Rationale: Describe the qualities you will seek in a project leader to carry out your proposed ministry plan.
3. Demographic Study: Include a summary of the demographic study, not to exceed one page, which provides relevant findings such as ecumenical and mission opportunities, racial-ethnic population, age distribution, and economic strength. Describe the need the project will meet.
4. Ministry Plan: List the goals and objectives for the project and the method for establishing, building up, and maintaining the new project. Include measurable goals and objectives for the first year.
5. Projected Participation: List the realistic estimates of the number of people to be served by this project. Give data to support your estimates.
6. Income and Expense Budget: Display itemized and balanced operating income and expense budgets for the grant. Capital expenses should be excluded. Include income amounts from other sources (i.e.: General Assembly, synod, presbytery, congregation, project.)
7. Oversight of Project: Describe how your sponsoring group and/or congregation(s) will provide oversight, encouragement and regular contact with the leadership of this project and with the Congregational Development Unit (CDU.)
8. Funding Schedule: Complete the following display of proposed Berry Boulevard Grant funding to support the ministry project.
Use the attatched form to apply for a Berry Blvd. Grant
Berry Boulevard Grant Recipients
New Ministries (CDU):
1. Open Table Ministry
Project Director: Terry Hargrave / Project Sponsor: Beulah PC
Description: Open Table Ministry restores dignity to individuals by providing a free meal and a time of fellowship. It is an outreach to the homeless, as well as to the economically challenged residents of the Fern Creek/Highview area, senior citizens and others in need of socialization and fellowship (Matthew 22:37-40 and Matthew 25:40). The need for The Open Table Ministry became evident by a growing population of homeless men living on our campus.
2. Hispanic/Latino(a) Ministry: Preston Highway Corridor
Project Director: Elmer Zavala / Project Sponsor: Hispanic/ Latino Commission
Description: The Hispanic/Latino(a) Ministry strengthens existing Hispanic/Latino ministries and develops new ministries with Hispanic/Latinos and immigrants in general in the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, helping the Presbytery and its congregations to explore and carry out new ways of ministering with Hispanic/Latino communities that include, but are not limited to, developing new churches, organizing Bible Fellowships, English as a Second Language Classes, social action and ministry, and support the development of “nesting” and multi-cultural congregations.
3. Highland Center for Learning and Spiritual Growth
Project Director: Linda Bowman / Project Sponsor: Bardstown Road PC
Description: An adult education center in the Highlands neighborhood that brings together popular local instructors with interested adults to create a learning community that can enrich and transform people’s lives. The goal of The Highlands Center for Learning and Spiritual Growth is to develop a learning community of ordinary people, caring for one another as people respond to God’s call for a just and sustainable world.
4. Growing Our Community: Plant, Harvest, Teach, and Eat
Project Director: Team Led / Project Sponsor: Briargate PC
Description: Briargate PC launched a plan to put in a community garden with plots to be offered to a nearby elementary school, refugees, their near neighbors, and some congregational members. This new ministry is not only sharing food with and for a community in need, but also integrates the wider community: young and old, long-time residents with area refugees, the resources of school and church. This new ministry improves the church’s crises relief abilities, and achieves four additional key outcomes: offering space for children to learn about healthy food preparation / bringing different cultures together to learn from each other / teaching classes in food preservation / and, offering the community free family dinners on a regular basis.