- We seek to provide resources and training to our district churches and their leaders through the following means:
- Connection through Monthly Pastor Gatherings
- We offer monthly pastor gatherings throughout the district that meet for about an hour and a half. We gather in geographical areas throughout the district to share life together, discuss relevant topics in our ministries, and pray for and with one another.
- Weekly Zoom Pastor Prayer Gatherings
- We offer two opportunities on Wednesday mornings for pastors to pray with and for one another. You can join other pastors from 8:00 to 8:25 am or from 8:30 to 8:55 am.
- Each year we offer a district wide gathering in the spring and the fall. The focus of these conferences is to learn together as pastors, elders, and ministry leaders about relevant ministry topics to equip us as we serve our Lord together. Learn more!
- District Pastor & Wives Getaway
- Every year we offer an opportunity for pastors and their wives to get away with other pastors and their wives within the district to share life together. We gather at various locations to worship together, pray together, and focus on our marriages as ministry couples.
- Church Planting
- We desire to plant churches throughout the district that are focused on disciple making. We offer training to help churches plant other churches, as well as training to help pastors plant churches in a specific geographical area. Learn more!
- Student Ministries Resources
- We offer opportunities to equip youth leaders to minister to the younger generation. Also, we want to encourage and provide support for youth pastors and youth leaders throughout the district. We offer district-wide retreats for Sr. High and Jr. High teens. Learn more!
- EFCA National Affinity Groups
- As a district, we appreciate how the National EFCA Leaders desire to support the pastors and churches in the RMD by providing a yearly gathering for ministry leaders who minister in similar contexts. Affinity ministry gatherings include worship leaders gathering, children’s ministry gatherings, church planting leaders, etc. Contact the National EFCA office at efca.org. Learn more!
- Licensing and Ordination Credentialing
- The purpose of a ministerial credential is (1) to affirm God’s call upon a person’s life; (2) to verify that this person meets the qualifications and standards in The Evangelical Free Church of America; (3) to approve this person for ministerial service under the covering of The Evangelical Free Church of America; and (4) to provide legal status in the exercise of that person’s ministry. Learn more!
- Training and Transitional Resourcing
- Our desire is to resource churches in the Rocky Mountain District to keep our churches healthy disciplemaking communities of faith. Whatever area in your church’s ministry that may need some training (For example: elder training, building teams, intentional discipleship, working through conflict, etc.), we have resource people within the district to help you. If you are going through a transitional time of searching for a pastor, we can help you prepare and work through a search process to help you during this transitional time in the history of your church.
- Grants for Community Outreach
- If your church is planning a project that is outreached focus, you can submit a proposal to show how the funds will be used to further evangelism or discipleship in your local commumity. Each grant proposal must include:
- An explanation of the proposed grant need and the ongoing impact within the church or community as it relates to discipleship or evangelism.
- A correlation between funds and intended target audience (i.e. unchurched people at a certain event, discipleship program geared toward certain people in church, specific identified needs of community, etc.)
- Justification for necessity of funds above and beyond church resources.
- A simple itemized list of expenses
Once your grant proposal is submitted to the RMD "Grant Team," your proposal will be evaluated according to the guidelines. A representative will contact you within 45 days of proposal with an approval or denial (including an explanation).
- Short-term Loans for Building Programs
- Is your church undergoing a building program? Connect with the district leaders for more information about these loan opportunities. The district underwrites the request, so participant’s need to establish the ability to repay the “Debt” typically over a 5 year or less time-period. The district requires the applicant to complete an application and submit church financial reports.
Typical needs that can be addressed by this fund:
- Equipment Needs (Furniture, Fixtures, Sound Equipment, Computer Equipment, etc)
- Repair Needs (Furnace, A/C, Plumbing, Flooding, Painting, Flooring, etc)
- Down Payment Assistance for R/E Purchase
For requests for large loans to purchase buildings, building additions, renovations, district churches are asked to contact the EFCA's' financial arm, Christian Investors Financial.
Contact us for more information on any of these resources.