New People, New Places Initiative

The Mission Vitality Center focuses and stewards the vision and mission of making disciples of existing congregational members, more new people, younger people and more diverse people.  We applaud where the people and churches of the Rio Texas Conference have been successful in these goals and we provide guidance where we have found such fruitfulness lacking.

Beginning in 2015, we created a new line item, specifically setting aside funds for New People, New Places.  Money for this area will come from a realignment of our apportioned dollars to the Mission Vitality Center so the local churches will not experience an increase in apportionments.

Over the next years, we will seek to hold to the line item “New People, New Places” in the Mission Vitality Center budget.  These funds will be distributed through a grant process.  This money will be available to local churches and districts that demonstrate how they intend to use this money to reach new people for Christ or to be in new places in Christ.  Funds may be used for, but are not limited to, program expenses, capital expenditures, and so forth.  No more than 20% of the total grant amount shall be allocated for administrative expenses, ensuring at least 80% for initiative expenses.  With the exception of grants for new church starts and new faith communities, all grants shall be for one year; however, applications may be submitted for a second year.  Please refer to “Certain General Restrictions,” below.  All funding will be subject to availability.

Theologically and missionally, our goals are Wesleyan.  We want more people to discover that God’s grace is real in their lives.  We want more people to respond to that grace.  We want more people to grow in that grace as a disciple of Jesus Christ.  In this, we transform the world around us.

While all grant applications will be considered, special attention and consideration will go to New Ministries reaching the Latin Hispanic Ministries. 
This is due to limited funding in 2018 for the New People New Places grants.


The application form for grants is a fillable form which may be accessed below.  All applications and attachments are to be submitted electronically.  Any local church or district entity may apply.  The funds must be used to reach new people we are not currently reaching to become world changing disciples of Jesus Christ.  These grants are to support lay-driven ministry efforts of evangelism and discipleship, not staff salary.


All grants are submitted online using the form provided.  Attachments should be labeled with your project name and date and uploaded with your grant application.

Your District Superintendent and the Chair of your District Strategy Team must review and sign the application form before it will be considered for funding.

Information found in a Mission Insight Report is helpful in formulating an accurate grant application.  Additionally, some grants require specific information found in the report.  You may obtain a free report specific to your geographical location by contacting Shelly Kennerdell at 210-408-4514 or skennerdell@riotexas.org.

You will be notified of any missing or additional documentation that is needed and given a reasonable time to cure the deficiency.  Additionally, information regarding anticipated dates of action to be taken by the Grant Review Committee will be provided to you.


The dealine for submission of grant applications are:  April 15, and August 15, of 2018. After the Grant Review Committee has reviewed your completed application, you will be contacted to schedule a time to discuss your project with the Committee in person or via Zoom Teleconferencing.  (Dial-in information will be sent to you.)



New Places, New People grant funds are awarded for a one-year period in an amount up to $15,000.  Applications may be submitted for a second year of funding.  Applicants must receive permission from the Grant Review Committee to submit an application for a third year. (This permission is only for submission of the application and does not guarantee approval of the request.)

Funds for new church starts and new faith communities may be awarded on a three-year basis, with a maximum grant of $120,000. (New Church Starts and New Faith Community grants may require additional documentation.  Please contact Shelly Kennerdell at 210-408-4514 or skennerdell@riotexas.org.)



While all grant applications will be considered, special attention and consideration will go to New Ministries reaching the Latin Hispanic Ministries. 
This is due to limited funding in 2018 for the New People New Places grants.