What we do

Press Go was established with the vision that every church or presbytery committed to a growth project would receive the resources it needs. Since 2008 we have funded 14 projects and invested a total of $1.6m. Our role has been a facilitative one providing funding to initiatives which meet criteria around mission and growth, are well thought out, have sound governance and oversight, have a high level of ownership and are ultimately sustainable. In doing so Press Go has entered into a range of relationships with partner congregations, including various financial relationships (grants, loans, fundraising assistance, facilitating other partnerships etc).

In its first five years of operations, Press Go identified a major lack of skills in areas that were directly relevant to planning and undertaking successful projects. These included strategic mission development, financial management, project management, governance, fundraising, and resource management processes. As a result Press Go changed its focus from simply providing grants to a broader vision of resourcing and equipping mission.

Press Go is about the church together sharing in God's mission, impacting the nation with the Good News. The Press Go Catalyst and Press Go Board members help by providing professional leadership to help build capacity and skills within a congregation so that they can both deal with their property challenges and pursue missional growth. We do this in three ways:

  1. Inspiring Mission - events, activities and resources that share "best practice" and inspiring stories of ordinary people who are achieving extraordinary things for God's Kingdom. We offer regular "Learning Parties" to equip missional leaders and help the wider church membership to develop a missional imagination and openness to the leading of God's Spirit.
  2. Building Capacity - the Press Go Catalyst and members of the Press Go Board are available to meet with Church Councils, Sessions and Presbyteries to facilitate a strategic planning process that considers the missional context of the church or presbytery, their mission objectives, financial position, challenges and imperatives, options and choices. Based on this we may be able to provide access to other specific skills, e.g. legal, resource consent, fundraising, financial management, as required and agreed. The intention is that the church or presbytery is thus empowered and more effective in making decisions which enable it to purse a development strategy. Developing a Mission Action Plan helps the church or presbytery and Press Go understand what other assistance is required.
  3. Seed Funding - Limited seed funding is available for exceptional projects. The Press Go team will also help churches and presbyteries identify and seek external funding, partnerships and explore other revenue-generating ideas. In the first instance there is an expectation that members of the congregation are substantial supporters of the proposed initiative or development. Guidance on stewardship, operational giving and capital fundraising is available to support this.

The first point of contact is the Press Go Catalyst. Click here to email Lisa Wells, or telephone 027 4455 723, or write to P O Box 13103, Dunedin 9052.

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