The Barnes Evaluation and Administration Team has wrapped up its work for 2021 having invested $783,914.00 in innovative mission and ministry in the North Georgia Conference!
The BEAT Team, entrusted by our Annual Conference to receive grant applications and make the best mission investments possible for the whole of the conference, funded 14 grants across 6 districts. The grants vary from funding for mold remediation to funding for a community park, digital ministry to a medical clinic.
"For me personally, participating with B.E.A.T. was a time of learning and coming to a new appreciation for the breadth of the North Georgia Conference," said Rev. Chris Bryant, pastor of Ringgold UMC and a member of the BEAT Team. "Along with it came an excitement for how this new way of funding mission could spur on or otherwise empower innovation and effectiveness in ministry in churches of all sizes and locations."
This week the BEAT Team launched the Barnes Fund Investment Dashboard designed to provide a summary of the grant investments being made through the Barnes Fund. The dashboard, found at www.ngumc.org/BEATdashboard is a visual display that offers accountability, inspiration, and information.
The dashboard features reports on the annual funding progress, the number of grants awarded, percent of proposals approved, and breakdowns by the district.
Cliftondale UMC in College Park was among the churches awarded a grant in 2021.
"We were ecstatic when we learned that we are one of the recipients of a BEAT grant! A lot of teamwork went into submitting the necessary requirements for the grant, but it was certainly worth the effort!" said Rev Dr. Theophilus J. Stanford, Cliftondale's pastor. "This grant allows us to upgrade our technology as well as fund a new position of media tech, which we struggled to fund at the onset of COVID."
With the 2021 grant cycle behind them, the members of BEAT are assessing the grant application process and will announce changes and updates before year's end.
Best of all, next year BEAT expects to be able to invest more than $1.4m in grant funding.