“NO ONE PUTS NEW WINE INTO OLD WINESKINS; OTHERWISE, THE WINE WILL BURST THE SKINS, AND THE WINE IS LOST, AND SO ARE THE SKINS; BUT ONE PUTS NEW WINE INTO FRESH WINESKINS.”
The pursuit of our Christ-centered mission calls for new paradigms, new sets of expectations, and new “containers.”
No one knows what new thing or new change will result in exactly the kingdom-results we hope for in all contexts, but through this program we hope to create a culture that is intentional, nimble, and dynamic. Ready for the unknown future, we seek to foster ideas that heed the Holy Spirit’s movement in places where Christian community is ready to be birthed.
Click here for the official flier on the program.
NEW WINESKINS GRANT PROGRAM
The New Wineskins Grant Program seeks to nurture the birthing of new ministry initiatives within ABC/WI by planting seeds thru training, coaching, and financial support.
New means new.
This initiative is about supporting new ministries (new faith communities or missional efforts) and is not intended for retrying old ideas that worked in the past or strengthening things that already exist. We encourage informed experimental ideas.
We encourage ideas that seek to reach and minister among populations currently not connected with, or who are underserved within, ABC/WI.
“With and among” not “to and for.”
In our commitment to valuing each individual human life and the gathered community, we understand ministry as something that happens with and among people rather than to and for them. Ideas that are strong on relationships rather than focused on transactions will align with this program’s vision.
We are looking for applications that include: alignment with ABC/WI mission, collaboration with others, and innovative approaches.
Call for Applications
APPLICATION PROCESS NOW CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST 2021.
2019 Grant Application Process is now closed. Awardees will be announced in June 2019.
Questions about the application process or application can be sent to:
SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH EVENT
We had a great launch event on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at ministry partner, the Milwaukee Christian Center.
Guest speaker, Rebecca Anderson, pastor of Gilead Church and Bethany United Church of Christ, both in Chicago, opened our morning, in proper story-teller style, about her experiences as a pastor of an established church and a church planter -- at the same time! She spoke about "translations" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ -- not different Bible translations, but rather different understandings and expression of the gospel in the context of different communities.
Morning Panelists & Small Group Discussion Facilitators:
Local Visionary Pastors Sharing on their Experiences from Visioning to Implementing to Assessing...
Walter Lanier, Pastor of Progressive Baptist Church, Milwaukee and founder of MIRACLE Network
Max Ramsey, Pastor of Immanuel Church, Brookfield and catalyst/networker for various ministry starts locally and across the nation
Johnny White, Jr., Pastor of Greater Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Milwaukee and visionary of the Greater Galilee Community Development Corporation
Afternoon Workshop Leaders:
Rebecca Anderson, Storyteller and Church Planter - Getting to the Heart of Your Missional Story...and Telling About It!
Angie Mason, Resource Development Director of the Milwaukee Christian Center - Relational Resourcing
Lauren Ng, Director of Leadership Empowerment for the American Baptist Home Mission Societies - “21st Century Church – trends and opportunities”