Frequently Asked Questions
Send Me is not a grant-making organization. If your congregation is seeking funding to support its volunteer management efforts and/or community engagement activities, please contact Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis to explore potential funding opportunities.
By Community Engagement, Send Me is referring to the activities, programs, and ministries focused on connecting with, serving, and partnering with the community outside the four walls of the church or organization. This most likely will be the geographic community surrounding the church or organization, but could also refer to a people or affinity group.
While Send Me does a good amount of training around healthy principles of poverty alleviation, we also understand that the community context will drive and inform various types of engagement. At a foundational level, Send Me does see and promote principles of healthy community engagement that we believe are applicable in all contexts. These include asset-based and participatory engagement, listening to the community, acknowledging mutuality and shared brokenness, and the importance of pursuing holistic approaches. Above all, we believe any expression of community engagement is a response to Jesus’ command to love our neighbor.