Welcome to Matthew 25! I am glad you came by to see what is happening… and what *can* happen… in our Province. You will be intrigued and blessed, I hope. You will be proud and humbled. And you will be inspired to dream and think and plan and pray about what your congregation can do to respond to our Lord’s vision of the Final Judgment.
What is the Matthew 25 Initiative?
It is a matching fund program to help Anglican congregations and dioceses in the US and Canada kick-start ministries and programs that will reach the most hurting, needing, and marginalized around our churches.
What has it done so far?
Since the beginning of the Initiative, the program has raised and dispersed well over $2,000,000 to nearly 75 different efforts and ministries in North America. The programs are chosen after the completion of an application process. As the recipient also raises funds on their side, funds are released for the work. Take a look at just a few examples of what kinds of ministries have been funded.
How do I apply?
The 2018 cycle of M25i grants will be announced on this website and our Facebook page. The dates have not been set, so please check back periodically. At that time we will provide the application, requirements, and detailed instructions on how to apply for a M25i grant for your ministry.
What is the purpose of this website?
The purpose of Matthew25i.org is fourfold.
1. Giving: To be a place where it’s easy to give and see the fruit of our collective generosity.
2. Communicate: To be a place where the stories of the work and witnesses of the church can be shared with the wider world. We want every story told to lift up the Name of our King Jesus.
3. Application/Donation: To be a site where the entire communication and application process can go on-line and have a public home. But note that every ministry can publish their own fund-raising page and help to get the word out about their ministries.
4. Community: Help every church in the ACNA to understand the opportunities and to see what other churches and ministries are about.
How much money has been raised so far and how much is going to be given?
We see Matthew 25 as an on-going, self-sustaining initiative that will raise and disburse funds as they are given to the Province. For 2018, we will share the results of Lenten giving once they are tallied. As future monies are donated, they will be given out also.
Who makes the final determination about the award and when will awardees be announced?
A jury of five men and women, whose ministries and experiences are in the areas of Matthew 25 ministries, make the final determination based on the application given and the funds available.
Dates for the next application cycle will be announced soon.