Disciple Development Fund


2017 Congregation Funding Information
Cadillac, Capital, Caro, Charlotte, Cheboygan, Clio, Coldwater, Coleman, Crossroads, Croswell, Detroit Hope, East Lansing, Eastside, Farwell, Galien, Gaylord, Gladstone

The Michigan Mission Center Disciple Development Fund is available to support members with financial need who would like to participate in World Church, USA Field, and Michigan Mission Center educational experiences and trainings. A total of $600 will be available in 2017 for the congregations listed above to support adults active in Community of Christ with financial needs to help pay for training or education events.  Funding decisions will be based on the following priorities.

For Peace Colloquy, MEADS, Formational Retreats, and other World and USA experiences:
1) Priority shall be given to first-time attendees.
2) Priority shall be given to Registration fees up to 100%.
3) Travel expenses may be reimbursed up to $100 with receipts after attending.

For Community of Christ Seminary:
1) Priority shall be given to first time attendees.
2) On a per class basis up to 10% of tuition fee balance after all other awards.

Temple School and other mission center programs shall be funded up to 50%:
1) Priority is given to registration and books.
2) Up to 50% of actual gas expense may be reimbursed with receipt after attending.

DDF Pastor Letter for 2017 Congregation Funding

DDF 2017 Congregation Funding Application


2017 At Large Funding Information

For adults active in congregations not eligible for funding support in 2017, there is a total of $1,000 available for at-large applications.  The same priorities and information for congregation requests will apply for at large requests.  Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.

DDF 2017 At-Large Funding Application


The Disciple Development Fund (DDF) Guidelines

The Disciple Development Fund (DDF) Guidelines committee developed procedures in consultation with the mission center council in 2015 for distributing funds with an effort to allow as many people as possible who otherwise would be unable to participate in world church, field, and mission center educational experiences and trainings to do so with the help of the Disciple Development Fund.  The guidelines were adjusted following the 2015 Fall Conference, which took action to re-allocate some of the initial money designated for the fund.

The intent is to rotate funding opportunities through all 84 mission center congregations within 5 years, offering each congregation an opportunity to utilize up to but not exceeding $600 toward approved educational experiences and trainings. This is intended to help adults active in Community of Christ who have financial need attend these events. . Evaluation will take place after all congregations have had one opportunity to participate.

There shall be three (3) separate funding groups established for the following purposes:

  1. In 2016 and 2019 up to $3,000 shall be made available to those with financial need to attend World Conference.
  2. Beginning in 2016 congregations will be divided into 5 groupings of 16 or 17 congregations with one group being served each year. Each year for the next 4 years up to $600 per congregation in the grouping will be made available to encourage those with financial need to receive educational training within the mission center.
  3. Beginning in 2016 and continuing for the next 4 years up to $1,000 shall be made available to members of the mission center at large with financial need to receive educational training within the mission center.

Eligibility Guidelines:

    1. Eligibility:
      a. Funds will be disbursed to those who have need. Need will be determined at the congregational level by the pastor and in consultation with the individual who has the need.
    2. Eligible programs and levels of funding: These are all maximum disbursements. Actual level of funding would be determined by the pastor in consultation with the individual who has the need. No monies shall be available for lodging.
      a. World and National conferences, Peace Colloquy, MEADS, and other World Church and Field sponsored experiences.
      i. Priority shall be given to first-time attendees.
      ii. Priority shall be given to Registration fees up to 100%.
      iii. Travel expenses may be reimbursed up to $100 with receipts after attending.
      b. Community of Christ Seminary:
      i. Priority shall be given to first-time attendees
      ii. On a per class basis up to 10% of tuition fee balance will be disbursed after all other scholarships, grants, and financial aid have been applied for and awarded.
      c. Temple School and other MC educational and training programs shall be funded up to 50%
      i. Priority is given to registration and books
      ii. Up to 50% of actual gas expense may be reimbursed with receipt after attending.

 

World Conference Disbursements:

The committee of 2-3 volunteers formed by mission center officer appointment will administer and track World Conference funds disbursements. Funds will be disbursed to those who have need. Need will be determined by the pastor of the individual who has requested use of at-large funds.

 

Congregational Disbursements:

A maximum of 17 congregations plus no more than $1,000 of “at large” requests will be served in any one year.

The pastor of each congregation in the eligible group will be notified of their eligibility on or about January 1. Funds must be used within the calendar year of eligibility. This congregation would, however, be eligible to apply for “at large” funds in any other year. All unused funds will remain in the World Church Affiliate Investment Pool A.  

 

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Alaska Cadillac Gladwin Marion Sanford
Allegan Capital Grand Valley Marlette Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Alma Caro Grayling Midland Shabbona
Alpena Charlotte Greenville Mikado Sixth Street
Ann Arbor Cheboygan Gulliver Milan South Bend
Battle Creek Clio Harrison Mt Pleasant St. Johns
Bay City Coldwater Hastings Muskegon Tawas City
Bay Port Coleman Highland Park Northview Traverse City
Beaverton Crossroads Holland Onaway Troy Oaks
Bentley Croswell Houghton Lake Otter Lake Twinning
Benton Harbor Detroit Hope Inland Owendale Union Avenue
Big Rapids East Lansing Jackson Plymouth Valley Center
Blue Water Eastside Kalamazoo Richmond Vestaburg
Boyne City Farwell Lachine Riverview Wadhams Grove
Brighton Galien Lake Orion Rose Lake Waterford
Bristolwood Gaylord Lapeer Saginaw West Branch
Burt Gladstone Ludington Sandusky

 

At-Large Disbursements:

The committee of 2-3 volunteers formed by mission center officer appointment will administer and track at-large disbursements. Funds will be disbursed to those who have need. Need will be determined by the pastor of the individual who has requested use of at-large funds.

 

Program Evaluation:

At the end of each year the committee will evaluate the efficacy of the program and recommend any changes in procedures, programs, or funding levels.

 

Committee Discretion:

From time to time an extenuating circumstance may arise that meets the intent of the policy but does not meet the specific policy limitations. Should the committee formed to administer this policy determine that the extenuating circumstance warrants assistance for educational expense, the committee shall have the authority to authorize the expenditure so long as there is unanimous agreement of the committee.

Committee Members for 2017 are Ellie Heacock, Deb Lachajewski, and Mary Jane Miller.