Ordinary people with a belief in an extraordinary God
The work of PressGo is all about giving churches hope for a new beginning; a fresh start in the work of God's kingdom. When missional imaginings come into being people experience the presence of God, new disciples are made and fresh life resonates within the church. (Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.")
PressGo is how we collectively fund promising mission and growth ideas. It was approved by General Assembly 2008, with the criteria for funding projects finalised after further consultation with presbyteries.
Since that time, PressGo has funded 27 projects and invested a total of $2.2m. Our role has been facilitative, 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 PressGo has entered 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 operation, PressGo 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, PressGo changed its focus from simply providing grants to a broader vision of resourcing and equipping mission. The PressGo Catalyst, board members and others make themselves available to the church to build capacity, coach and support congregations pursuing mission initiatives. PressGo is about the church together sharing in God's mission, impacting the nation with the Good News. There are three strands to our work:
Inspiring mission is about 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. More about inspiring mission
The PressGo Catalyst and members of the PressGo 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 – for instance legal, resource consent, fundraising, financial management – as required and agreed. The intention is that the church or presbytery is 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 PressGo understand what other assistance is required. More about building capacity
Limited seed funding is available for exceptional projects. The PressGo 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. More about seed funding
The first point of contact is the PressGo catalyst, Lisa Wells. Contact Lisa by email, phone 027 4455 723, or write to her at PO Box 13103, Dunedin 9052.
PressGo administers mission funds on behalf of the Church to support mission and growth initiatives. Seed funding is available for exceptional projects. Go to the sources of funding page to find out more about applying for funds administered by PressGo.