Grants Available for Revitalization and New Church Start Projects!
Funding Grants are available through the annual conference for Church Revitalization and New Church Development projects. The Conference Vitality Team meets in the fall and spring to review proposals for funding.
What is a Vital Church?
A Vital Church is a congregation who puts its energy and resources into a purposeful desire to follow Jesus, make disciples and transform the world. We believe vital congregations exhibit these five things:
1. Vision that emerges from prayerful discernment asking God, “What do you want to do through this church to reach your people in this community?”
2. Inspirational worship that flows out of deep love for God and invites people to open their minds and hearts to the reality of God’s love for them
3. Transformational experiences that encourage people grow in Christ and share their faith in relational ways
4. Awareness of the ever-changing culture and community around us and being adaptive in our faith-filled responses
5. Loving God and loving others as the most tangible signs of life and faith.
Grants will be considered for existing churches that demonstrate a strong commitment toward greater vitality in outreach initiatives, new worship service development to reach new, younger and more diverse population groups and social justice work. Matching grants will be given the greatest consideration for funding.
What is a New Church Start?
Path 1, 0ur United Methodist Church Planting Initiative, has defined a new church as a “newly organized faith community that is committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ” and
1. Is theologically Wesleyan
2. Worships regularly and celebrates the sacraments (can be any day/time or regularity and is non-style specific)
3. Has an intentional plan or system for discipleship (how do we help others to find and follow Jesus?)
4. Teaches and invites people into faithful stewardship (generosity) and has a funding plan which may include multiple funding sources (e.g. grants, large donor asks, district and/or conference support)
5. Is deeply committed to and engaged in community transformation (how will the community around us be difference because God has placed us there?)
6. Embeds in its DNA from the very beginning a commitment to multiply (leaders, ministries, and other new communities of faith)
NOTE: There are many effective strategies our existing churches can use to reach new people (new worship services, Bible studies, outreach ministries, small groups and etc.,) but these, though important, may not necessarily be considered as new church plants.
Grants will be considered for new church development projects that demonstrate a strong commitment toward partnership with other ministry and granting agencies, development to reach new, younger and more diverse population groups and social justice work. Matching grants will be given the greatest consideration for funding.
You can find numerous supporting documents and step by step guidance for submitting your proposal at http://wnccumc.org/churchvitality.