Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kelsey's Role with The Grassroots Network

In July of 2015, I began a new ministry role as Midtown Fellowship's Residency Director and Director of Fund Development for Grassroots Network (GN)!


Grassroots Network is a network of churches started by the pastors at our church, Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, SC. The vision of GN is to plant more churches that are "Jesus centered families on mission" in spiritually needy areas, so that more people might be reached with the transforming power of the Gospel. We currently have church plants in West Columbia,  Two Notch, and Lexington, and are getting ready to launch our Knoxville church come August. Big picture, in my role God is using me to mobilize Gospel centered missionaries by helping them be equipped to minister to Columbia and surrounding areas. 

As Residency Director, I have been overseeing Midtown's Residency ProgramThe Residency is a year long intensive internship that equips believers for a lifetime of ministry. It is designed to train and cultivate young ambitious leaders into Gospel driven servants who lead the Church. 

Currently, I oversee our 17 Residents and am continuously working on developing the program for the future to make it the best it can be. I am responsible for promoting and recruiting for the Residency, interviewing the applicants, writing job descriptions based on each Resident's giftedness and the church's needs, and training the Residents on how to raise their financial support. I also provide feedback on their performance and ensure that they are getting the most out of the Residency program.

The best part of my job is that I get to use what I learned from raising financial support with Cru to teach the Residents how to raise support, so they can be fully funded and give their focus to their development through The Residency program. Since I began my role, we've seen the average Resident go from raising only 50% of their financial support, to being 95% funded. This is largely due to the knowledge I gained from Cru on how to raise support and the passion God has given me to see people fully funded for ministry so they can focus on doing the work God has called them to.

As Director of Fund Development for Grassroots Network, I will be working alongside our church plants to build ministry partnerships with local churches and individuals that will enable us to send out more church plants in areas that need the Gospel. Currently my main project is to work alongside our Midtown Two Notch pastor to develop funds for the sustainability of the Two Notch church. Two Notch is an area of Columbia that no one is willing to go to because of the high crime rate. Two Notch is in a high poverty neighborhood, so tithes alone do not sustain the church financially. We want our churches to be financially healthy so they can have maximum impact on their communities. The Two Notch community desperately needs the hope of the Gospel & I am delighted to help provide for the church plant by developing these partnerships. 

I hope this gives you a little glimpse into the specifics of my job. My new ministry role is also a support raised position, as GN is a non profit organization. 100% of my salary comes from generous individuals like you. I am currently trusting God to provide $400 a month in monthly support to reach my salary goal as well as $3000 in special gifts to provide for ministry expenses.

To support me in this work, sign up here: pushpay.com/pay/koneal

Thank you so much for continuing to support our family through your generosity. Thank you for enabling me to serve the Lord full time in this way. We are so grateful!

Don't hesitate to email (koneal@midtowncolumbia.com) or call if you have any questions (803 528 1367)