Dover Baptist Association

Resourcing & equipping churches and their leaders.

Church Challenge Grant Program

Guidelines for the Church Challenge Grant:

The Purpose: Dover Baptist Association awards Church Challenge Grants to advance the cause of Christ through helping churches begin new ministries. By "ministries," the association means any effort or program that a Dover congregation feels led to begin with the goal of showing unchurched people God's love in its community context. To qualify as a new ministry, the effort or program must represent a new way for the applying church to help people know God's love, even if other churches have tried similar efforts or programs.

Who Makes the Decision? The Missions Development Council judges all grant applications. Applying does not guarantee approval. The council will approve grants that, in the judgment of its members, fulfill the purpose of the grants.

How Much Does the Association Give? The grants come from designated Association Missions Offering funds. The council will award one grant per church of up to $500 or 50% of the cost of the new ministry, whichever is less, in any calendar year. It will award available funds on a first come, first served basis.

How to Apply: Any Dover church or mission may apply. To apply, the church or mission should send a letter of request indicating:

A detailed plan or description of the new ministry, including the cost and when the congregation will begin the new ministry.
The congregation's vote to begin the new ministry and to request the grant. (Please attach a statement showing that the congregation approved both and the date of the congregational business meeting or meetings.

Upcoming Events

May
13
Thu
Dover WMU Annual Meeting @ North Run Baptist Church
May 13 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Dover WMU Annual Meeting

(Join us to get re-energized about missions)
Thursday, May 13, 2021
North Run Baptist Church
2100 Lydell Drive, Henrico, VA

(In-person and Zoom)

7:00 p.m. Guest Speaker:
Dr. Valerie Carter Smith
Executive Director/Treasurer of WMUV
Relentless: Living authentic faith in Christ

Mission Project Focus: The WMUV will collect hygiene, family, and children’s donation kits to deliver to Standing Rock this Summer! Visit for https://wmuv.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Standing-Rock-Kit-Flyer-.pdf for more information on how you and your church can participate. You can bring your items to the annual meeting.

Plan to attend by Zoom?
Please register: www.doverbaptist.org/wmu/2021-registration

May
14
Fri
Prayer Council Meeting @ Dover Baptist Association
May 14 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Jul
13
Tue
Executive Committee @ Hunton & Zoom
Jul 13 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

CONSTITUTION: ARTICLE 6. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
6.01 MEMBERSHIP. Members shall be three representatives elected from each member church, the officers of the Association, committee chairpersons, and council directors. Only members of the Executive Committee may vote.

6.02 PURPOSE. It shall conduct all business for the Association between regular meetings.

BYLAW 4.01: MEETINGS

(a) Regular meetings shall be held the second Tuesday night of January, April, July and October for the purpose of transacting Association business between regular Association meetings[…]

Oct
12
Tue
Executive Committee @ Hunton & Zoom
Oct 12 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

CONSTITUTION: ARTICLE 6. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
6.01 MEMBERSHIP. Members shall be three representatives elected from each member church, the officers of the Association, committee chairpersons, and council directors. Only members of the Executive Committee may vote.

6.02 PURPOSE. It shall conduct all business for the Association between regular meetings.

BYLAW 4.01: MEETINGS

(a) Regular meetings shall be held the second Tuesday night of January, April, July and October for the purpose of transacting Association business between regular Association meetings[…]

Oct
24
Sun
Annual Meeting
Oct 24 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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