The Barnabas Fund
The Barnabas Fund of Franconia Mennonite Church exists to provide financial support for programs and projects which serve to extend the mission and the ministries of the congregation. Scripture teaches that we are blessed to be a blessing. Believing that God has richly blessed our church, the Barnabas Fund was established to provide an avenue by which the congregation can give and disperse monies for mission and service projects.
Contributing to the Barnabas Fund
The Barnabas Fund is one of the ways through which members and friends of the congregation can contribute gifts and estate bequests and receive qualified and impartial administration of these funds. The Barnabas Fund will gratefully accept gifts specifically designated for the Fund as well as undesignated estate gifts at the discretion of the Congregational Leadership Board upon recommendation of the Finance Commission. Prior to dispersal, all received funds will be invested in a manner consistent with the socially responsible investment criteria and ethical investment guidelines defined by Mennonite Foundation.
Those interested in contributing to the Barnabas Fund can receive more information about doing so by contacting Jeff Godshall (chair of Finance Committee) or a member of the Barnabas Fund Committee.
Distributions from the Barnabas Fund
Each year up to 10% of the balance of the fund will be available for distribution. Any individual member or committee within the Franconia Mennonite Church can make a request for a grant. Requests should be in harmony with the purpose of the Barnabas Fund and the values of Franconia Mennonite Church.
A grant application is available by clicking the link below or by contacting the church office. Grant requests should be made between December 1 and February 1 each year. Approval for distributions will be made by March 1 of the year in which the submission for the project was received. In the event that not all of the funds are dispersed by March 1 (due to lack of submissions or project rejections), additional grant proposals may be submitted. When considering grant applications - new projects will take priority over previously funded projects if the new projects comply with the stated purpose of the fund.
The Barnabas Fund Committee consists of a representative from the Mission and Service Commission, a representative from the Finance Commission, the Church Treasurer, two members elected by the congregation to three-year terms, and a representative from the Pastoral Team:
Mark Bergey, Wayne Derstine, Daryl Freed, Jeff Godshall, Josh Meyer
Barnabus Fund Application