Bible Selection Criteria

A part of the Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society's work is to provide Bibles to ministries in Vermont that have limited resources. The Vermont Bible Society draws on two generous sources to provide the Bibles: the Greenleaf Fund and grants from the American Bible Society. Requests for Bibles are made to the Vermont Ecumenical Council & Bible Society office. The Bible Society does not keep a supply of Bibles on hand. The Bibles that ministries request are ordered from different publishers or bookstores depending on the particular Bibles needed.

Guidelines for the use of the Greenleaf Fund

The Greenleaf Fund shall be used to distribute Bibles to ministries and individuals in Vermont. It may also be used to provide a Bible of choice to each newly-ordained clergy person who resides in Vermont, and to pastors being installed in their first Vermont church. The Fund will provide Bibles to any church destroyed in a catastrophe in Vermont. Any other use of the fund not consistent with this policy must be at the Board of Trustees' discretion.

Colonel Charles Henry Greenleaf was born on July 23, 1841 in Danville, Vermont. He moved with his parents to New Hampshire while still an infant and spent most of his life in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Throughout his life, he carried a copy of the New Testament in his pocket and read it daily. Upon his death, he left a generous gift to both the Vermont and New Hampshire Bible Societies for the purchase and free distribution of the Holy Bible.

American Bible Society Grant

The American Bible Society (ABS) provides a generous annual grant to each state Bible Society . This grant covers the cost of Bibles and other materials published by ABS.

The Vermont Bible Society has distributed Bibles throughout the State of Vermont to:  hospitals, prisons, street ministry, soldiers, churches, and more. 

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