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

Dover Council @ Dover & Zoom
Dec 8 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Virtual Dover Ministers’ Advent Mini-Retreat @ Dover & Zoom
Dec 17 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Virtual Dover Ministers’
Advent Mini-Retreat
Date: Thursday, December 17
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the regular Dover Ministers’ Open House will shift to a virtual Advent mini-retreat (1 hour). During this hour, there will be a time of prayer, a
devotional, and sharing of concerns and praises. Please register so that we can make sure you are able to participate.

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:

November 29: Walnut Grove Baptist Church
Dan McFaden, Interim Pastor
December 6: Western Hanover Church
Lonnie Brawley, Pastor