The Commission on Congregational Life (CoCL) is a group of involved and innovative Diocesan leaders. The commission is canonically accountable to Bishop Breidenthal and the Diocese of Southern Ohio for ensuring that the Diocese’s congregations are healthy, joyous, and productive by providing guidance and programming in order to sustain
During the past few years, The Commission on Congregational Life has established a transformational process to redefine its grant rewarding and relationships with the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s missions and parishes. The commission has developed and exercises leadership on supporting congregational and new initiative financial requests using a variety of metrics to evaluate factors for accepting, revising, or rejecting requests for financial support. CoCL considers:
The Commission on Congregational Life’s (COCL’s) primary means for implementing the diocese’s mission strategy is through its distribution of grants. The commission’s grants provide financial and strategic resources for encouraging, supporting, evaluating and providing opportunities for congregational development and growth. Any and all diocesan fellowships, missions and parishes are eligible to apply for the COCL’s grants. The COCL offers two types of grants: Congregational Mission Grants and New Initiative Grants. Congregations who apply to receive such grants must prudently pray and plan about the primary purpose, vision, goals and objectives for their grant. Some questions to consider:
COCL grants support the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s goals to:
The Congregational Mission Grant reward process takes place annually in the fall. Congregations complete either the new or renewal CMG application depending upon their qualifications.
COCL created the New Initiative Grant program in an effort to award grants to congregations in the Diocese of Southern Ohio who are designing and implementing innovative, relational projects; those who are reimagining their Christian mission in demonstrative and life-changing ways. Funded New Initiative Grants typically address local challenges and/or support outreach efforts, congregational renewal, and or shared church/community agency activities. These projects support the diocese’s goal of deepening connections throughout the diocese regardless of geographic, theological, or parochially boundaries. COCL commonly awards New Initiative Grants for a one-year period to develop and operate innovative projects that improve outreach, recruitment, retention and other community needs. Applicants may submit a New Initiative Grant any time during the year.