Dover Baptist Association

Resourcing & equipping churches and their leaders.

Watson Mission Offering Grant Guidelines

Purpose.  Dover’s Leslie and Hazel Watson Offering for Dover Association Missions helps fund missions and charitable work outside of Dover’s budgeted expenses.  The offering calls attention to missions and charitable work in and beyond the communities served by Dover churches.  Association Missions Offering grants are intended to benefit work that complements, rather than duplicates, the work of Dover and its churches in keeping with our biblical values.

Who May Apply.  A Dover church that contributes to the association’s General Budget may apply on behalf of a tax-exempt ministry or organization that provides services—in keeping with our biblical values—to a people group in the community that church serves.

Application Requirements
.  An application must include the following items:

A letter from the nominating church, or those empowered to act for the church, with minutes or other similar statement verifying the church’s nomination and the grant amount requested (the church should address the letter to the Association Missions Offering Team at Dover Baptist Association)

A description of the ministry or organization, including contact information and a description of how the grant would be used

The most recent annual report or some other supporting documentation that confirms the work of the potential grant recipient

Any other information that might help the team evaluate the grant application

Permitted Grant Uses.  The grant must be used for the direct benefit of the people served by the ministry or organization (e.g., benevolent or program expenses).  Grants may not be used for salaries or operating expenses other than those that directly benefit the people the ministry or organization serves.

The church must and its senior pastor must approve the nomination, including the amount requested, and affirm the above use

Dover’s Association Missions Offering Team has final approval on the award and nomination does not guarantee approval of a grant award; the Missions Offering Team may choose to award  the amount requested or a different amount, up to $3,000, to a nominated ministry or organization and is accountable to Dover Baptist Association and its Executive Committee

Nominees are not limited to ministries or organizations sponsored by the Dover Baptist Association, its member churches, or other Baptist entities

Churches may nominate secular organizations if the nominee can demonstrate that it meets all other requirements

Funding. Dover Baptist Association receives its offering through October 31 each year.  Dover distributes Missions Offering grants after the offering closes on October 31.

Application Process. Completed nominations (see above) must arrive in the Dover office by the last business day of October for grants to be made by the end of the year.

Follow Up.  Within six months after receiving the grant, the recipient ministry or organization should provide a report to Dover and to the nominating church describing what happened to the money and what it accomplished or made possible.  This report will be used by the Missions Offering Team to help evaluate future nominations for similar grants.

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Upcoming Events

Dover Council @ Dover & Zoom
Mar 9 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Congregational Leadership Workshops: Mission Dialog for Churches
Mar 11 @ 10:00 AM

Congregational Leadership Workshops
These workshops are designed to offer training and information for church ministry groups or committees.

March 11: Mission Dialog for Churches
Morning sessions: 10 a.m.-Noon
Evening sessions: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Congregational Leadership Workshops: Mission Dialog for Churches
Mar 11 @ 6:30 PM

Congregational Leadership Workshops
These workshops are designed to offer training and information for church ministry groups or committees.

March 11: Mission Dialog for Churches
Morning sessions: 10 a.m.-Noon
Evening sessions: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Pastor Health Network @ Dover & Zoom
Mar 16 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Sunday School Directors Network
Mar 29 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Executive Committee @ Hunton & Zoom
Apr 13 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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.


(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[…]

Semi-annual Meeting @ Glen Allen BC & Zoom
Apr 25 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Week of Prayer for Watson Mission Offering
May 16 – May 23 all-day

Dover Baptists observe a Week of Prayer for Association Missions in May each year. We share specific prayer requests. We also use it to inform the churches about the role and work of the association. The Week of Prayer helps call attention to and connect Dover Baptists with a variety of local missions and ministries.

Dover Baptist Association provides resources, consulting services, leadership training, and many other services that help our churches. Dover congregations give a portion of their regular offerings to fund most of the Association’s ministries. This special offering supplements and helps support more ministries and mission efforts, not the Association’s budget.

Suggestions for Promoting the Week of Prayer for Association Missions:

  • Pray and ask others to pray for Association missions
  • Put Missions Week announcements in bulletins, newsletters, email, and on the church website
  • Display Missions Week posters in prominent places Have an association missions offering presentation or enlist a speaker to tell about Dover’s ministries
  • Distribute Prayer Guides and special offering envelopes provided for your church (available from the Association office)
  • Receive a special association missions offering
  • Recognize persons in your church who volunteer in the work of Dover and/or tell how Dover has helped your church

Job Openings

Weekly Prayer Focus:

At least one (1) Dover church is featured each week for prayer emphasis. We encourage you to lift each church up in prayer, including its leaders, ministries, members, and community.

The leaders of Tipi Wakan Ministries, our Dover Staff, and in Dover’s churches:

February 28: Deep Run Baptist Church
Rick Allison, Pastor
February 28: Dover Baptist Church
Todd Kube, Pastor
March 7: East Gate Baptist Church
Catherine Lee, Pastor
March 7: Elon Baptist Church
Randy Secrist Pastor