FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is The Pitch?
It’s an opportunity to hear good news at a time when we all need it! You’ll listen to six presentations from Christian organizations making disciples and making a difference. A three-person panel will interview each ministry leader on stage and help the audience consider how each organization would use the grant money. Every organization that night will walk away with at least $10,000! One organization will be awarded the top grant of $50,000!
How will the finalists be selected?
These organizations will have been through a three-round selection process over this summer led by a team of 11 people from within DBC. Sixty-three applications were submitted and the team will narrow them down to only those who would use the money for transformational ministry.
What do we mean by “transformational” ministry?
Transformational ministry is more than just funding current programs and a wishlist item. Instead, here’s what we’re looking for in a worthy project:
- Deep impact for the organization and/or the people served
- Long-lasting impact beyond the initial gift
- Broad scope in terms of how many people will benefit
- Kingdom impact in terms of spreading the good news of Jesus
How can DBC members be involved after The Pitch?
Besides helping us award the grants, you’ll have an opportunity to meet all the finalists and get involved in their ministry. You’ll also see a list of every ministry that applied—all 63—so you can volunteer or donate to another ministry if you wish. Each applicant was asked to show us how DBC can be involved beyond the grant. We’ll make those opportunities available to you on the night of The Pitch.
What will the follow-up be after The Pitch with the finalists?
DBC Missions Pastor, Jeff Reams, and the Missions Council will be following up with the finalists at the one-month, ninety-day and six-month intervals to gauge the progress of each project. The timing of reports will vary depending on the nature of each project. We will report back to the congregation via eNews, social media, and reports in services as significant updates become available.
Where did the funds come from for The Pitch?
Most Septembers we have some extra funds due to the generous giving of our church family throughout the budget year. Those funds are dispersed via the Missions Council as the team considers various projects with our mission partners.
This year, the combination of generous giving (17% of which automatically goes to missions), funds not spent due to the Covid-19 Pandemic (mission trip expenses for example), and other undesignated funds not spent, we are blessed to have $100,000 to give away. And so we thought, “why not open this up to the entire church” instead of making decisions on our own.
We don’t expect to do The Pitch every year. But for now, the Missions Council and staff are excited to bring the whole church in on the process, to give thanks and celebrate what God has provided to bless the work of his kingdom.
Bottom line…In this season of crisis and negative news, we could use some inspiration. The Pitch has already created a lot of energy and interest. We’ve learned about a wide range of ministries both in Atlanta and beyond. Most applications were from ministries NOT currently sponsored by DBC! We hope to see you on September 11!