A key component of building community is connecting through service and good works. It’s important that we come together as one body to love and serve others!
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. – James 2:14-17
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works – Hebrews 10:24
Within Your Gates is a program designed to encourage good works by providing grants to help fund service projects led by members of the Church of God! Grantees can be members or ministers and projects can involve service toward Church of God brethren or members of the local community.
Potential projects cover a wide range of services, which include, but are not limited to:
- Aiding in recovery from a natural disaster;
- Participation in a search for a missing person;
- Leading a work project to help a widow (or someone with an illness) with home repairs;
- Aiding in recovery from a criminal act.
After completion of the form below, applicants will be contacted by a team member from the Church of God Network with further questions or details. Once a grantee is chosen, the funds are dispersed on a reimbursement basis as expenses are incurred (up to a pre-determined maximum amount) upon receiving receipts for project expenditures.
Please know that Church of God Network has limited resources and therefore may not be able to fund all requests. Applicants can apply for grants at any time during the year and will be awarded based on both necessity and available funds at the time of submission.
While involving multiple Church of God organizations is not a requirement, preference will be given to applications that have representation from multiple Church of God groups.
Grant Application Form:
Additional Assistance Provided by CGN
This project is not limited to grant funds. We would also like to lend assistance in other good work projects within the Church of God. We want to help marshal the resources and manpower of THE ENTIRE Church of God to come to the aid of others in times of need by:
- Keeping the Church of God at large informed of critical needs brethren and communities worldwide face,
- Helping brethren who are looking to serve connect with Church of God organizations who are already set up and assisting others.
Mary Miller (Outreach Coordinator): Mary is our Outreach Coordinator and is responsible for monitoring crisis responses occurring throughout the Church of God. Whether they are natural disasters, emergencies (i.e. missing persons, recovery from criminal acts, etc.), or the effects of extreme poverty, Mary works with the ministry in affected areas to ascertain the needs on the ground and find ways to assist.
Wesley Kendall (Volunteer Coordinator): Wes is our Volunteer Coordinator and is responsible for maintaining our database of Within Your Gates Volunteers! These are people looking to serve brethren and their local communities in some capacity; whether it’s donating, showing up in person to share your skills, or even traveling to assist in an effort. Click here if you’re interested in lending a hand or click here if you’d like to ask for help.
If you’re not sure how to be of service and need ideas, contact Wes at: email@example.com! He will help you brainstorm ways to serve. We all have something to offer. It may be as simple as helping the local widow who can no longer mow her lawn, assisting a student struggling to pass a class because they cannot afford a tutor, or being in contact with an isolated person whose loneliness could be softened by a pen pal.
If you would like to donate to the grant program, please click the “Donate” icon above and specify that you would like your donation to go to the “Within Your Gates.”