Jesus told his followers to go and make disciples of all the earth, and United Methodists in the Great Plains Conference have accepted that challenge.
The Rev. Jeff Clinger is coordinator of new church development for the Great Plains. Clinger works in recruitment and training of new-church start pastors, parent congregations and in identifying and prioritizing locations for new-church starts throughout the Great Plains Conference.
Rev. Jeff Clinger
1207 SW Executive Dr.
Topeka, KS 66615
Ministry Innovation Grants are due on April 1 and October 1 for funding to begin July 1 and January 1. You will hear back within 60 days of submitting your application.
In Matthew 28 we find the story of Jesus preparing to turn his mission over to his followers. As he offers words of challenge and encouragement, he says that they (we) are to go… make disciples… and remember that he is with us always.
As we now live further into post-COVID, and post-disaffiliation, realities, dreaming about the type of church God is seeking to build for 2050 (and beyond), we are increasingly aware that what is required to develop new and renewed communities of faith is quite different than what was required in generations past.
Whether a planter is launching an entirely new faith community, or an existing congregation is deciding to do something new to reach new people, ministry requires innovation.
To support this important work of reaching new people through innovative ministry in Kansas and Nebraska, New Church Development, Inc. of the Great Plains Conference offers Ministry Innovation Grants that range from as little as $500 to experiment with a Fresh Expression, to $300,000 for launching a new faith community.
General funds available by category and the type of project that might be considered in the various categories are as follows. *
To apply for a Fresh Expressions mini-grant, please apply at https://gp-reg.brtapp.com/FreshExpressionsGrant.
To apply for grants at any level, please apply at https://gp-reg.brtapp.com/NMIGrant2023.
Persons and churches interested in launching an additional site or an entirely new faith community are especially encouraged to be in conversation their District Superintendent and with Rev. Jeff Clinger, director of congregational excellence, as they begin brainstorming, dreaming, and planning for their proposal.
When designing your project, especially for grants of $25,000 or more, please give special attention to…
All grants are awarded with the understanding that if you do not launch the initiative as envisioned, unused funds will be returned to NCD.
People/churches receiving grants for Fresh Expressions, Small Groups, Recovery Ministries, Missional Communities, and New Worship Services will be asked to submit a report at 12 months following the launch of the ministry.
People/churches receiving grants for additional sites, or entirely new faith communities, will be asked to submit (quarterly or every six months?) benchmark forms to evaluate the ongoing funding.
*Many thanks to the Missouri Annual Conference, whose New Places for New People grants provided the framework for these categories.