The funds for such initiatives originate from the Rev. H. Melton and Adelaide S. Ware Trust. Many Florida United Methodists are already aware of the contributions of the late Rev. and Mrs. Ware. Their gracious gifts served to underwrite the cost of the prayer chapel at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park. Their perpetual gifts have recently been expanded to include this newest ministry.
Their financial and spiritual generosity is intended to enhance the experience opportunities for spiritual formation within our Conference. Spiritual Formation is the process by and through which individuals develop in order to live a life of fullness in and for Christ. The formative experience enables persons to more closely follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and through the practice of intentional disciplines (prayer, fasting, etc.) receive the blessings that a deeper, richer relationship with Christ affords one’s life. Persons who embark on the intentional journey of formation, open themselves to deeper learning, believing and living the message of the Gospel. They learn and grow, through introspection and life’s challenges, with the hope of becoming servant leaders steeped in God’s sanctifying grace. Persons:
- become more passionate disciples of Jesus Christ
- develop a deeper love of, and devotion to God
- lead Christ-like lives as they seek ways to love and serve God’s people empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Grant applications and other pertinent information will be accessible on the Florida Conference website by October 18, 2017. Completed applications are due no later than midnight November 15, 2017, and should be submitted to the contact person identified in the application. Applicants will be notified by December 8, 2017 (via by email or U.S. Mail). Grants will be awarded by December 29, 2017.
Grant awards will range from $500.00 - $1500.00. Applicants should take particular care to detail methods to address any shortfall between the amount requested and potential amount rewarded. The Ware Trust Committee reserves the right to award or deny any applications, including requests for renewal grants.
The members of the Ware Trust Committee are grateful for your interest and thank God for your leadership!