Mission/ministry opportunities are self-selected from this list of ministry opportunities found on the Send Me Now website. (examples: IMB, GenSend, etc.). Any opportunity offered by these partners is acceptable for Send Me Now grant support.
Other mission opportunities may be considered for grant support and will require advance approval from the Send Me Now consultant. To ask if a particular ministry opportunity not listed on the SMN website is eligible for grant support, e-mail email@example.com.
Application is made directly to the mission partner of choice. Application procedures and deadlines required by that agency/partner must be met, including all required expenditures. The selected agency/partner will be responsible for all logistics and requirements.
Once an approved assignment has been secured, application can be made to Send Me Now for a grant to help with expenses. Depending on the cost of a particular opportunity, a Send Me Now grant may cover some or all of the costs.
An interview with the local BCM campus minister or church minister and subsequent recommendation is required. After that interview, the BCM campus minister or church minister must complete a recommendation form for the grant applicant and submit to Send Me Now.
Once a confirmed missions assignment, grant application, and recommendation are all complete, a grant can be made.
Grant recipients are required to attend EQUIP, April 20, 2024. (Hands On students serving in the spring semester are not required to attend EQUIP.)
Students serving in North America are eligible for a SMN grant of UP TO $800, not to exceed the amount of field expenses and/or real travel costs. Field expense grants will be paid directly to the ministry. If there are no field expenses, the grant can be used for travel costs either by submitting a copy of purchased airfare or mileage. If the grant is used for travel costs, payment will be reimbursed rather than given in advance.
Students serving internationally are eligible for a SMN grant of UP TO $1,600, not to exceed the amount of real travel costs. To protect the student from taxes on the grant, grants will only be made as reimbursement for purchased airfare. Students must submit a receipt for airfare to receive the grant funds.
Students serving in IMB Hands On opportunities will receive a $2000 grant and it will be paid directly to the IMB, based on the information provided by the student to Send Me Now.
Students have opportunity to apply directly to the mission partner and location of their choice. Approval for service and appointment rests solely on the mission agency, church, or other ministry to which the student applies.
The amount of SMN grants cannot exceed the guidelines stated above, regardless of the cost of the selected opportunity. Use wisdom when choosing mission opportunities. Consider location, requirements, supervision, task, dates of service, AND personal financial obligations.
There are many opportunities that will cost little to no additional cost above the amount of SMN grants; however, there are many that can cost FAR more. Do thorough research and ask many questions. Know and count the cost before moving forward and entering into an agreement.
Funds for grants are provided through the giving and fundraising of students in BCMs across Georgia for the express purpose of supporting students on mission.
Students submit an on-line application to Send Me Now by November 30th. Application is not a guarantee of appointment. Interviews, references, and background checks matter.
Students must contact their local BCM campus minister or church college minister to set up an initial interview. If the BCM campus minister or church college minister recommends the student for service, the student will be invited to Discovery Day.
At Discovery Day, students will be interviewed by a team of campus ministers and student leaders, taking into account expressed preferences, availability of students, and needs of the ministry setting. It is not possible or acceptable to guarantee any student preference over another student.
Students who are offered an assignment will be notified within 24 hours of Discovery Day.
Offered assignments can be accepted or rejected.
Travel, supplemental insurance, meals, and housing expenses for mission projects are covered by Send Me Now and/or the local place of ministry.
That varies depending on where you serve. If you serve in an IMB opportunity, potential additional costs will be field costs, airfare, passport, visa, immunizations, and related expenses. If you serve in a GenSend or other ministry partner opportunity, additional costs will be field costs, travel, and other possible related expenses. Your supervisor will be able to tell you all associated costs.
Send Me Now ministry partners each have their own guidelines for church membership. Please check with the ministry with which you want to serve to find out if they require you to be a member of a Baptist church. To receive a Send Me Now grant or to serve in a fully funded opportunity, you must be a member of a Christian church and involved in a Georgia BCM or Georgia Baptist Church. In the event that a particular opportunity requires membership in a Baptist church, it will be indicated in the description.
Yes! All of the Send Me Now ministry partners appoint students on a rolling basis. Once the application is available, those positions are filled on a first come first serve basis with the most qualified students. The sooner you apply, the sooner your application can be reviewed and you potentially can be appointed. Once you are appointed, you can begin to raise needed funds, apply for the Send Me Now grant, and start making all of the preparations needed for your summer of service.
If you are applying for a fully funded opportunity, the application deadline is November 30, 2023. Appointments will be made by the day after Mission Discovery Day on January 20, 2024. However, it is of great help to the people processing your application and preparing for your summer if you apply as early as possible.
Your local (field) supervisor is the first point of contact. You may also have an additional supervisor from your place of service who will be a help. Finally, someone in the Send Me Now office will always be available to help in the case of an emergency or crisis. You will receive specific contact information at EQUIP: April 20, 2024.
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