Thank you for all the ways your congregation has served your community with compassion and creativity, even as physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we worship and meet. With vaccinations becoming available to more of the population, we hold onto hope that we may be able to gather safely in physical spaces in the upcoming months, as public health recommendations allow. We know that this time of transition will look different to different communities, depending on local COVID-19 considerations. One thing that remains the same, though, is our call to share the good news so that more people may know the way of Jesus.
Beginning today, your congregation is invited to apply for an Open Doors Grant. Any ELCA congregation can apply for funding with a specific and actionable idea for how its ministry might meet new people while we consider this time of transition and regather in community as COVID-19 considerations allow.
Don’t overthink it! Most congregations have been innovating and adapting in real time throughout the pandemic. A good place to start is where the church always has started — with people. Whom have you met during this pandemic time, and who is God calling you to love and serve today?
Want to share your idea and inspire others? Add it to our virtual idea-sharing space! You don’t have to apply for a grant to share your ministry idea for (safely!) meeting new people. And, you just might be inspired by someone else’s idea!
A good idea can come from anywhere, and though not every good idea needs money, no good idea should be held back due to a lack of seed money to get it started.
Open doors invite us in to gather, and open doors send us out to meet our neighbors.