St. Andrew UMC’s Summer SPARK TANK Challenge Program Making a Difference

St. Andrew UMC’s Summer SPARK TANK Challenge Program Making a Difference

To date, over 85 projects have been approved, and over $100,000 has been allocated

Last summer, a St. Andrew UMC church family was inspired by a sermon and wanted to do something to encourage others to change the world.  They provided $166,000 for three summers as matching funds to encourage church members to initiate hands-on projects to serve others outside the walls of St. Andrew.  Spark Tank was born. Last summer, 72 projects were completed with matching funds of $69,000.  This summer, to date, over $100,000 has already been allocated for 85 projects.

“Recognizing we have the ability to make a difference in others’ lives is how we impact the community,” said Jimmy Decker, associate pastor, St. Andrew. “The way you change the world is by changing lives, one at a time.”

“Spark Tank gives people a reason to look for ways to improve the lives of those around them in small but powerful ways,” said Spark Tank Committee Chair Heather Davis. “Each week as we meet to discuss the projects that have been submitted, we are filled with joy that those who call St. Andrew their church home are touching our community in so many positive ways.”