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Haiti Task Force

The Michigan Area Haiti Task Force is a group of United Methodists from the Detroit and West Michigan Conferences who are active in promoting and supporting various projects and programs in the country of Haiti.  Click here to read the latest edition of the Haiti Task Force Newsletter.

 

Missions

Six Lanes 2015 Ready for Use

In the West Michigan Conference mission is not a one-way street or a two-lane road.  It's a six lane highway.  The Conference Board of Global Ministries recently approved a new Six Lanes Booklet to assist mission leaders in the local church as they design a broad-based plan for outreach. The Six Lanes lists Advance Specials, local to global.

Advance Specials are projects accredited by the General Board of Global Ministries. This means that there's built-in accountability that assures that dollars given by congregations to these projects will be used wisely and well.  In addition, every cent of every dollar given to Advance Specials goes to those in need.  All administrative costs are covered by other means. The Advance is perhaps the only charitable avenue that can claim 100% effectiveness.

Why has the Six Lanes been used by West Michigan churches over the past 40 years?  To encourage loving response to neighbors near and far.  A Six Lanes Church pays 100% of its Ministry Shares and forms relationships with projects in each of these Lanes ...

  1. Missionary Salary Support
  2. Global Projects
  3. National Projects
  4. UMCOR/Hunger Projects
  5. Racial Ethnic Local Churches
  6. Conference Projects

Download and print the Six Lanes 2015 by clicking here.  Please discard all previous editions of the Six Lanes as the Advance Numbers listed may no longer be valid.  Full descriptive material for the Six Lanes project will soon be available online. Stay tuned.

 

“Individual” Mission Project Grant Application

The Heartland District Outreach/Missions Team will offer a small fund for local, national, and international UMVIM mission trips for individuals in the Heartland District.  This fund may provide a one-time gift of $150 for a first-time mission trip.  Funding for additional mission trips, if approved, will be limited to $100 per person.  *NOTE:  Limit one trip per year.  Combined total of individual and group grants cannot exceed $1,000 per mission trip.*

Please fill out this application completely, attach a cost estimate, and submit it to the following address at least eight (8) weeks prior to departure date:  Heartland District Office, 1400 S. Washington Street, Suite A, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 or send electronically to office@umcheartland.org. 

.pdf application

.doc application

“Group” Mission Project Grant Application

The Heartland District Outreach/Missions Team will offer a small fund for local, national, and international UMVIM mission trips for a church/group in the Heartland District.  This fund may provide a one-time gift of up to 25% of the cost of the project not to exceed a total gift of $1,000.  *NOTE:  Limit one trip per year.  Combined total of individual and group grants cannot exceed $1,000 per mission trip.*

Please fill out this application completely, attach a cost estimate of your budget (all trip expenses including any project costs), and submit it to the following address at least eight (8) weeks prior to departure date:  Heartland District Office, 1400 S. Washington Street, Suite A, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 or send electronically to office@umcheartland.org. 

.pdf application

.doc application

District Emerging Ministries Grants

The Heartland District Leadership Team will review grants for Emerging Ministries on a quarterly basis and we invite the churches of our District to apply if you have a new or potential ministry that needs funding.  In the past the Emerging Ministries have assisted churches to set up children’s programs, purchase multimedia equipment, and open food pantries.  The Leadership Team reviews grants and will receive applications e-mailed or sent to the District office.  Many new ministries have “emerged” with the help of the grants and blessed people throughout the Heartland District.  The Leadership Team praises the ministries that have helped build the kingdom of God, and encourage you to apply.

Click here for more information and a printable grant application form.

Click here for a .doc application that you can type onto.