your nonprofit ministry needs funds for the training and education
of your pastors, you might consider applying for a grant from the
Nine United Church
of God pastors who make up a special task force have recommended
that their church do just that: apply for grant funds to "sustain
On May 9 in Cincinnati,
a few days after the annual general conference of elders, the 12-man
council of elders heard a report from Darris McNeely, pastor from
Indianapolis, Ind., on the feasibility of applying for a grant from
Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Mr. McNeely chairs
a task force that includes eight of his fellow elders: Guy Burke
and Matthew Fenchel of Cincinnati, Fred Kellers of Nashville, Tenn.,
Dennis Luker of Bothell, Wash., Gary Petty of San Antonio, Texas,
David Register of San Marcos, Calif., Britton Taylor of Fort Worth,
Texas, and Robin Webber of Garden Grove, Calif.
The nine men put
their heads together to come up with an application for funds to
help the United ministry build individualized programs to help refresh
and renew elders and build excellence in serving their congregations.
According to an
official United report about the postconference council meeting
of May 9, even if Lilly turns down the church's application, the
United Church of God intends to embark on some kind of program to
"sustain and renew" its church pastors.
If Lilly goes
along with United's plan, the church will use the grant money--approximately
$1,200 per United pastor per year--to focus on seven areas of concern:
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