Grace Ministry

Mission Statement

The mission of Grace Ministry is to create followers of Jesus Christ by offering a holistic approach and allowing God to show up as we walk alongside individuals in crisis.

Vision Statement

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17 ESV)  

We believe all things were created through God and for God. We desire to keep God at the forefront of everything we seek to do.

General Info:

Grace Ministry is a ministry of First Baptist Orlando. We seek to serve individuals and families through a holistic approach to address underlying issues. Applicants are willing to begin a journey with First Baptist Orlando that seeks to put them in a place of sustainability and a growing relationship with God.

Because we desire to make good decisions and be wise stewards of resources entrusted to us, the process for assistance takes 3-4 weeks.

Completing the online application or meeting with a Grace Ministry Advocate does not guarantee financial assistance.

FAQ’s:

The focus of Grace Ministry is to come alongside those within First Baptist Church of Orlando family, with limited assistance also available to individuals and families in the community.

  • Step 1: Online application All applications must be completed online If you do not have access to a computer, online access is available at any area library. Locations can be viewed here: https://www.ocls.info/location-hours or by calling 407-835-7323  
  • Step 2: Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis and you will be contacted if more information is needed, or if we are able to invite you to the next step of the process.
  • Step 3: Meet with Grace Ministry Advocate Bring supporting documentation (See FAQ’s for complete list) Create Action Plan with Advocate.
    No checks will be issued during the first appointment
  • Step 4: Follow through on Action Plan created with Advocate This could include:
    Attending Budget Class Attending Worship Service each week Weekly appointments with advocate (minimum 3)
  • Step 5: Possible financial assistance

The application process provides us with key information we need to make the best determination possible of appropriate resources in each situation.

Our process does not allow for the handling of emergency requests. If you are in need of immediate assistance, there are community agencies set up for emergencies we can refer you to.

There is no guarantee of financial assistance. If financial assistance is granted, it generally takes 3-4 weeks.
 

Grace Ministry Advocates are volunteers:

  • Walking alongside you as you seek to meet established goals
  • Examining barriers in your life and how to overcome them
  • Offer counseling, workshops and referrals to FBO classes and groups

We do not financially assist with legal issues or court fines, taxes, evictions, rental or utility deposits, credit card debt, long term or chronic medical issues, hotel stays, bus tickets or out of state travel.
 

We have a responsibility to be wise stewards of the resources entrusted to us through the tithes and offerings from First Baptist Orlando.

What is the supporting documentation that is required to be considered for financial assistance?

  • Picture ID for all ADULT household members
  • Apartment Lease, House Lease, or Mortgage Statement with your name on it
  • Household bills and /or estimate of requested assistance
  • Pay Stubs (4 – 8 weeks) for all household members
  • Verification of Government Income (Child Support, Food Stamps, SSI /SSDI, Pension, Unemployment, etc.)
  • Bank statement (last 3 months)
  • Credit Card Statement(s)
  • Documented Crisis (written statement of what set you behind and what is requested)

If Applicable:

  • W2 Forms (Last 2 years)
  • Social Security cards and/or Birth Certificates for ALL other household members
  • Marriage License
  • Letterhead Statement from Employer (If job loss or new job offer)
  • Three Day Notice
  • Past Due Utility Notice
  • Your contribution towards expenses $___________ (money order or receipt only) 

It is the sincere desire of First Baptist Orlando to help everyone who comes across our path. Though we may not be able to offer financial assistance, we have several resources available free of charge. These may include: Life Groups, Life University classes, Bible Studies, Support Groups, Celebrate Recovery, and other ministries we would be happy to refer you to if requested.