Urban Ministry Grant Purpose and Planning


Purpose of Grants for Urban Ministry

The Urban Ministry Grant funding opportunities provided by the Great Plains Congregational Excellence department and the Great Plains Conference Board of Trustees are from the sale proceeds of properties abandoned by discontinued congregations in counties with more than 50,000 in population. Urban Ministry Grant funding is subject to availability.

Urban Ministry Grant Funds assist districts to carry out objectives of:

  1. Starting new faith communities in urban areas to reach and gather new people in new places for Bible study, outreach, community building, and worship at a site in an area approved by the district strategy team and district superintendent (¶ 259.1,2).

  2. Develop ministries with the poor that evangelize, advocate for justice, and work toward changing the community for the sake of the welfare of the people.

  3. Develop effective and sustainable ministries with existing residents or newcomers at a site in an urban area with cultural, economic, or ethnic groups different from the original or present member (¶ 212.1,2).


Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are the seventeen Great Plains Conference Districts (Blue River, Dodge City, Elkhorn Valley, Five Rivers, Flint Hills, Gateway, Great West, Hays, Hutchinson, Kansas City, Missouri River, Parsons, Prairie Rivers, Salina, Topeka, Wichita East, and Wichita West).


Urban Ministry Planning and Implementation

The Districts that contain an urban municipality will develop an urban ministry plan for their urban area. The District Strategy Team or alternate structure chosen by the District are to work together to develop a plan that:

  • Identifies the people groups in the urban area mission field (demographic Profile).
  • Identifies the people groups who are participating actively in existing churches (demographic profile of the church population).
  • Identifies churches that are capable of extending new missions or ministries to reach people outside the prominent people group of the church – do cross-cultural ministry.
  • Identifies potential leaders of new missions, new church plants and new ministries among the diverse people in the urban mission field.
  • Develops a plan to reach the people in the mission field with missions, new church plants and ministries.
  • Develops long-term (7-10 years) funding plans for mission, church plants and ministries among the diverse people in the urban mission field.
  • Sets measurable goals and timelines for reaching the diverse people in the urban mission field with the gospel of Christ.
  • Assigns specific responsibilities for carrying out the plan to individuals, teams and churches.
  • Evaluates the plan and its implementation.


Application Process

Applications must be received by April 1 or August 1. Applicants will submit their applications via online application to the Great Plains Congregational Excellence department. The Congregational Excellence department will convene a Conference Urban Strategy Team, comprised of the following twenty- one persons: (1) Cabinet Rep; (2) CE Director of New Church Development; (3) three members of Connecting Council; (4) four at-large members selected by the Connecting Council based upon expertise; (5) one Conference Trustee representative, (6) and the Conference Treasurer. The Urban Strategy Team will review and discuss applications and ensure that all criteria are met. The Congregational Excellence New Church Director will present the grant applications that meet all of the criteria to the Great Plains Trustees. The Board of Trustees will vote on a list of recommended projects for final approval and levels of funding. Notifications will be sent to applicants within one week after approval with funding to being 45 days after the submission deadline cycle date.


The Grant Proposal

The proposal will communicate a well-written comprehensive plan from the district that includes a budget, marketing approach, salary support, and specific ministry objectives. Project development cannot continue without a well-written and thought- out plan.

Contact Rev. Nathan Stanton, or Rev. Marcee Binder with grant development assistance or for more information at 785-414-4242.


Dollar Range of Grants

The dollar range of grants is up to $120,000 per project over a four-year period. Funds may be used for salaries, administrative expenses, program expenses, capital expenditures, and so forth. Projects and initiatives funded for one year must reapply for continued funding the following year in time to meet the annual application deadline.


Progress Reports

Each project receiving grant money from the Congregational Excellence department will be responsible for completing project reports, including financial reports and annotated evaluations. A schedule of progress reports will be included in your grant notification letters. Failure to comply with this requirement will lead to termination of funding.