Seed Grant Application – 3/31/08
In a continuing desire to follow Christ and obey God's command to love and care for His children in need,
the Evangelical Covenant Church and our Conference are encouraging local churches to engage In new
ministries of compassion and justice to address the needs of the poor and at-risk in their communities.
Reaching out with the love of Christ revitalizes the life of congregations as members follow Jesus' teaching
and example and build relationships with the poor in our community.
Biblical passages such as Isaiah 58:6-14, II Corinthians 5:17-19, and James 1:27 give voice to how
compassion and justice ministries manifest God's love to the poor and at-risk, Throughout the Bible,
encouragement, commandment, and warning are given regarding showing mercy and attending to the rights
of the poor, the widow, the orphan, the alien, the prisoner, the leper, the refugee, the chronically sick, and
others on the margin of society.
Ministry incorporates word and deed, social action and evangelism, God seeks the best for His children,
which means transformation for both those who are in need of God's healing love and for His church. So our
ministries seek more than mere maintenance. Churches Planting Ministries supports ministries of
compassion and justice; churches may decide which category their ministry fails under. Compassion
ministries work to help hurting people. Justice ministries work to end that which hurts people. Compassion
addresses the needs of people and alleviates suffering. Justice works to right wrongs, or to do advocacy,
Transformation also becomes our own story as we extend ourselves in the love and power of Jesus. Our
vision for ministry expects that God will bring revitalization and renewal to our churches as we become
ministering with "the least, the last; and the lost." (Matthew 26) Therefore, Churches Planting
Ministries grants are given with a priority on increasing relationships between people from the congregation