Growing Faith for Generations
Growing Faith for Generations is an initiative for sharing faith among all ages on the island in the coming years. It builds on the diocesan vision for ‘together, making Christ visible’.
There are three key priorities for the GF4G initiative. The two Diocesan ones are a Pioneer Minister/Missioner, to concentrate substantially on rural areas; and a Town Centre Missioner to concentrate on .... Douglas town centre mission! The Town Centre Missioner receives a stipend, contributed by the Diocese; the rural Pioneer Minister is funded largely by community contributors. The vital third strand linked to these is work with schools, funded and supported by SUMT.
From 2014 to 2016 a diocesan team, with other partners including Scripture Union Ministries Trust (SUMT) and Douglas Churches Town Centre Partnership, had researched and worked on plans for sharing faith among all ages on the island in the coming years, and had identified options for funding. In 2016, in addition to identifying funding from local sources, the Diocese was awarded a substantial grant from the CofE Church Commissioners to help with these plans. (Statement posted in 2016 with project summary.)
The Church Commissioners' grant is a three year Strategic Development Fund (SDF) grant and, as we are thrilled to see the work develop and grow, we recognise the need to sustain it into the future. So alongside the costs for sustaining our existing congregations and church buildings, we welcome all contributions to support the new and complementary ministry.
If you want to play a part in helping maintain the Rural Pioneer Missioner, there's a page for making donations - at Community Funding GF4G.
The GF4G steering board provides management support for team members and accountability to funders. The board comprises representatives of the Diocese and partner orgnisations and is chaired by the Diocesan Secretary. The board will ensure that elements of the work are adapted appropriately, as and when needed, to provide most fruitful results.
The Steering Board provides a progress report each year on this page..
The Allchurches Trust also gives financial support.