The Foundation seeks to equip pastors with an understanding of the intersection of faith, work, and economics and empower them to lead their congregations in its active application. In pursuit of this, several opportunities are made available to Kern Pastors in good standing. These include resources, events, and grants to churches.
How might pastors affirm the basic goodness of work and make it a priority to empower people in their callings and responsibilities outside the walls of the church?
How might pastors help people to discern their callings and how they are equipped for service, encourage them to pursue excellence in their work, and help them nurture a sense of meaning and fulfillment in how they do it?
How might pastors affirm the basic goodness of business and economic activity, and distinguish economic motives and practices based on value creation from those based on value extraction?
Kern Pastors and their local church leadership teams are invited to embark on an exciting journey of knowledge-building that will, by God’s grace, enable them to embrace daily work in homes, workplaces, and communities as a calling to serve others fruitfully and make the world a better place. In this way, the family, the economy, and the culture become arenas of service where our discipleship contributes to the flourishing of all.
The integration of faith, work, and economics for ministry that produces human flourishing is the Foundation’s predominant concern in its work with pastors. We believe that ministry of this kind can be used by God to transform churches and whole communities. For that reason, we are connecting interested Kern Pastors with many opportunities to learn and grow.
For example, every Kern Pastor in good standing who registers on this website is invited to choose one of four books selected from the annotated bibliography in our Request for Proposals. The Foundation will provide this resource free of charge. Kern Pastors who live in a region of the country where a regional Kern Pastors Network group has been established should contact that region’s network coordinator for information about future meetings. For additional resources, please see the resources page.
From time to time conferences, training meetings, seminars, and other events provide wonderful opportunities for Kern Pastors and their local church leadership teams to grow in their understanding of faith, work, and economics while connecting with other pastors and churches who share this interest. The fellowship and energy of these events reflect the unique blessings known to those who recognize the importance of integrating the spheres of work and the economy into our understanding of discipleship. Click here to see a list of upcoming events.
Currently, three types of grants are available to churches with a Kern Pastor in any compensated staff position.
- Faith, Work, and Economics Knowledge Building Grants ($300-$5,000; no deadline).
- Faith, Work, and Economics Church Implementation Grants (up to $20,000; no deadline).
- Continuing Education Matching Grants (up to $1,000; deadline Dec. 1, 2013).
Faith, Work, and Economics Grants
The Foundation will award on a competitive basis grants of up to $20,000 to churches in support of projects that focus on building people’s understanding of the intersection of faith, work, and economics. Made possible through the generous support of the Kern Family Foundation, these grants stimulate thoughtful, energetic, and effective ministry integrating faith, work, and economics in Christian community that exhibits creativity and theological integrity.
There are two types of Faith, Work, and Economics grants: Knowledge Building Grants (KBG) and Church Implementation Grants (CIG). There is no application deadline. Proposals are always welcome. A church’s successful proposal is usually the result of collaborative work with the Foundation’s program staff. To craft the strongest possible proposal, please start early and check in often with Foundation program staff. They are accessible by email or phone and will be eager to assist you in strengthening your proposal.
The proposals most commonly funded request resources for Kern Pastors and their church leadership teams to learn about the integration of faith, work, and economics for ministry that produces human flourishing. This learning takes place through a process they design with guidance from the Foundation’s program staff. Churches submitting successful proposals for major projects usually do so only after their pastors and leadership teams have completed a learning process.
Knowledge Building Grants (KBG)
Church Implementation Grants (CIG)
Continuing Education Matching Grants (CEMG)
CEMGs began in 2007 and end in 2013. Deadline for submission is December 1, 2013. No CEMG proposals will be accepted after this date. Only Kern Pastors who’ve graduated and found placement in pastoral ministry in the U.S. within the past five years are eligible. CEMG grant awards help Kern Pastors pursue continuing education that prepares them to succeed in their initial postgraduate ministry placement. Successful proposals include the purchase of print and electronic media (e.g., books, Bible commentaries and software, magazine subscriptions) as well as training events, conferences, and retreats for the Kern Pastor and other church leaders. Computer hardware and software, tablets and smart phones (but not service plans) are also acceptable CEMG expenses.
CEMG awards of up to $1,000 must be matched one-to-one by funds from the church and/or the pastor. To apply, Kern Pastors must login to www.KernPastorsNetwork.org, hover the mouse over “Grants and Programs” on the banner heading, click on “Continuing Education Matching Grant,” and follow the detailed instructions provided.