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Board of Mission and Resourcing (BOMAR)

 

Purpose

The purpose of the Board of Mission and Resourcing (BOMAR) is:

  • To encourage the church at the grass roots to discern the will of God for ministry and mission in their own context and to work towards its fulfilment;
  • To facilitate access to the broadest possible base of church resources;
  • To resource local ministry and mission;
  • To establish a priorities process that ensures the funding of the most widely supported projects;
  • To encourage cooperative, consultative processes that reduce the competitive and adversarial nature of our current culture;
  • To facilitate decisions by a collective group of representatives of the whole church.

Membership

Membership includes two representatives of each presbytery plus one alternate, others appointed by the Synod, with other people able to be co-opted to achieve a balance of gender, ethnicity, age and lay/ordained.

Meeting Dates

All meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at the Synod Office (130 Little Collins Street, Melbourne), commencing at 11am, unless otherwise advised.

All information to be considered by the Board is to be received by the BOMAR Secretary at least one week prior to the meeting.

Annual Funding Grants

Each year BOMAR gives grants to Uniting Church congregations, programs, agencies and other affiliated groups throughout Victoria and Tasmania. 

In considering all applications for grants, BOMAR has resolved:

(a) to give priority to the resourcing of future BOMAR proposals which are

  • congruent with the applicant’s vitality and impetus for mission;
  • outward and connecting”; and

(b) to give priority to mission proposals that

  • emerge from the existing life and activities of congregations or other applicants who are already clearly engaged in mission;
  • involve a commitment of resources from the applicant(s) and the new funds are requested for continuing.


BOMAR considers two types of grants:

Mission Proposal for Congregations and Presbyteries, UnitingCareAgencies and Ecumenical Groups


The application forms and accompanying Mission Proposal Supporting Document are available in April each year. When applications have been completed, they are to be submitted via presbytery or UnitingCareVictoria and Tasmania, as appropriate, to the BOMAR Secretary by 17 July 2017.  The proposals are considered by the Board in the September and October meetings and applicants are advised of the outcome in December.

Small Grants for Small Rural Congregations


The current application form and accompanying Small Rural Grant Guidelines document are available in April each year.  When applications have been completed, they are to be submitted via presbytery to the BOMAR Secretary by 24 July 2017. These applications are considered at the August meeting of BOMAR for funding to be distributed to successful applicants in October. 

Reference Material

Several publications and policy documents are available that will assist congregations, presbyteries and agencies in discussing and discerning projects and associated applications for funding. These are located in the column on the right hand side of this page.

For the current policies regarding Property Sale Proceeds (PSP) and establishing an Interest Only Mission Fund (IOMF), please refer to the document "Discerning Mission and the Use of Property".

Contact

For further information, please contact the BOMAR Secretary, Natalie Brown, on 03 9251 5420 or email natalie.brown@victas.uca.org.au

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