***New grant applications to The One Fund are currently on pause as we enter a new fundraising round. We will update this page and re-add the application process once a new wave of grants becomes available.
The One Fund exists to support local African American ministries whose communities suffer from historic inequities and recent traumatic events. These communities now face a deepening disproportionate economic crisis alongside racial injustice.
Shortly after COVID-19 began, a small group of leaders gathered to respond to the disproportionate financial impact that African American churches in Minnesota were facing. The One Fund was launched and seed funds were donated by sponsoring churches.
As generosity multiplies, gifts continue to come in from across Minnesota and our broader nation.
We wish we could capture all of what needs to be said in a video like this. While this video captures how the One Fund demonstrates can help in this crisis, there is a very important factor that is missing and must not be misconstrued.
The African American Church in our country has persevered, beyond wonder, throughout our national history. We must not come away from this video thinking, not even for a moment, that African American Churches would not survive without us. They have been historically incredibly resilient and remain so to this day. By the grace and power of God and the sacrificial and relentless determination of our brothers and sisters in Christ, the African American Church has not just survived in our country, but thrived through centuries of oppression, marginalization, persecution, disenfranchisement, and injustice.
Their contributions of robust theology and societal wisdom have for too long gone unnoticed, unobserved, unseen, unheard and unheeded by the larger Church body in America, namely, White evangelical churches, seminaries, and ministries. This has diminished and compartmentalized what could have been a more holistic understanding of the Gospel and the Scriptures as disciples of Jesus Christ as we aim to advance the Kingdom of God.
Yes, the One Fund will help in this crisis that we are all facing and knowing the weight of its effects is bearing down unequally on our African American brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. But the One Fund is more, so much more!
The One Fund is about recognizing and proclaiming from every corner, from every basement, from every sanctuary, and every rooftop of the Church, that we are One Body, following One Spirit, called to One Hope, to serve One Lord, to live One Faith, share One Baptism, and praise One God and Father of all, who is over all and in all!
We are proclaiming and declaring today that we are indeed One Church! We confess that when one part suffers, every part suffers! The One Fund is our way of standing up, on this day, in this time, to proudly and uncompromisingly demonstrate our sincerity, not just in words or tongue, but action and truth!
To our African American brothers and sisters, may we be more and more unified in our affections, our conscience and our wills, may the sincerity of our love be tested by our earnestness to share generously in this time of need, and may our God receive all of the glory and honor!
We invite you to join The One Fund to ensure churches in our state can continue providing critical life-giving spiritual and practical service and support to their communities. Together we can make a difference as we move towards rebuilding and restoring our cities through the Church.
"Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality." 2 Corinthians 8:13-14
Let's Be the Church Together!
"I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me." John 17:21