Creating and Vitalizing Congregations
New People, New Places Initiative
The office of Creating and Vitalizing Congregations focuses and stewards the vision and mission of making disciples. How can existing congregations reach 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 desire to help where we have found such fruitfulness lacking.
Beginning in 2015, a new line item was created specifically setting aside funds for New People, New Places. Money for this area came from a realignment of our apportioned dollars so the local churches would not experience an increase in apportionments.
These funds will be distributed through a grant process 3 times a year. 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 (not renovations), and so forth. No more than 20% of the total grant amount shall be allocated for administrative or staff expenses, ensuring at least 80% for initiative expenses. All grants shall be for one year; however, applications may be submitted for a second year based on fruitfulness. Please refer to “Certain General Restrictions,” below. All funding will be subject to availability, yet special attention and consideration will go to Latin/Hispanic Ministries.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
SCHEDULE FOR SUBMISSION OF GRANT APPLICATIONS
The deadlines for submission of grant applications are: May 1, 2019, August 12, 2019, and November 11, 2019. 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.)