First UMC Jacksboro, Union Awarded 'Ministry With' Grants

Union Ministry With

The Union ministry is called Callback. It provides a central, Sabbath-centered hub for the community and support for productions and producing theater.

Ministries to build a community garden and provide pastoral care to theater practitioners each awarded $10,000

Programs designed by First UMC Jacksboro and Union have been awarded “Ministry With” grants from the Center for Missional Outreach. Each received $10,000.

  • Healthy Food, Healthy Hearts for Jack County: the construction of an advanced community garden and greenhouse spearheaded by First UMC Jacksboro will serve as a hub for food security in Jack County. Doing so will raise community health, improve relationships and increase economic and environmental sustainability
  • Callback: An innovative ministry conceived by Union to provide pastoral care to theater practitioners, this program provides an opportunity for a central, Sabbath-centered hub for the community and support for productions and producing theater.

The purpose of the “Ministry With” grant program is to be a catalyst for making the “ministry with” dreams of local churches in the North Texas Conference a reality. Grants are for new efforts or efforts that catalyze existing ministries with creativity and innovation.

A limited number of grants range from $5,000 to $10,000. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.    

Please take note that applications will be evaluated according to how they intend to live into the “ministry with” values:

  • Come alongside neighbors in a spirit of friendship and mutuality. Listen to and learn from them.
  • Build long-term relationships with neighbors.
  • Uncover the often-undervalued gifts, talents, dreams, desires and connections of neighbors.
  • Adopt the iron rule: never do for others what they can do for themselves.
  • Address the systems that perpetuate suffering and inequity rather than only deal with the symptoms of our broken world.
  • Use a strengths-based approach that leverages the gifts and relationships of local partners.

If you have questions or would like help thinking through your ideas, please email  or call him at 972-526-5018.

Published: Friday, May 15, 2020

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