New Worship Service Grant

This grant is offered by the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church to its churches for the purpose of assisting them in establishing a new worship service in order to reach and disciple a new population group. The maximum amount for this grant is $5,000, depending upon the project’s needs. The local church must match dollar for dollar the amount granted. The grant may be used for any aspect of starting the new worship experience, including the purchase of equipment, renovations, and staff. Each church can receive only one of these grants for each project. The grant is non-renewable. 

Please note that in order to apply for this grant, applicant churches must first have their key leaders trained by Church Development staff in launching a new worship service. Before applying for this grant, you also will need to complete the Grant Readiness Assessment. If you have questions about whether your project qualifies for this grant, or to schedule the New Worship Workshop, please contact the Church Development staff person assigned to your district. 

*First Name
*Last Name
*Church Name
*Church Mailing Address
*Zip code
*Church Phone Number
*Church Email
*Grant Amount Requested

What is the amount of your grant request? Remember, the maximum amount for this grant is $5,000. Each church can receive only one of these grants for each project and must match the investment dollar-for-dollar. 

*Worship Description

Please describe the type of worship service you plan to start, including the projected day and time. How will this worship experience differ from your existing worship services? 

*Project Vision

Please provide a short history of the project's origin and the discernment process that led to its creation. Describe the rationale behind "why this worship service and why now" in the life of your congregation. 

*People Group

Please indicate what new population group you anticipate reaching with this new worship experience. 

*Supporting Documentation

Please upload documentation (such as demographic support, survey results, community needs assessment, etc.) to substantiate the need for the project. 

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*Disciple-Making Process

Please provide information about how this worship opportunity will help people move from unbelief to being active disciples of Jesus Christ who disciple others. How will project leaders and participants engage with the community, connect people to the ministry, and share their faith in Christ with the desired people group to be reached?  

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*Project Timeline

Please describe the anticipated timeline for key steps in the project's implementation, such as recruiting a team, beginning community outreach, evaluating the success of the service, etc. Be as specific and detailed as possible at this stage of the project's development.

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*Project Budget

Please provide the following information: 

  • a detailed annual budget for the project, including how the requested grant amount will be used (e.g., for salary, worship space renovations, etc.)
  • the amount of your church's budget allocated to support the project (must be at least equivalent to the amount requested in the grant)
  • other sources of income and in-kind support for the project (e.g., district funds, project fund-raising, other grants, etc.)
  • an explanation of how the project will be funded once church development grant support ends.

Please indicate when you will need the grant monies, so Church Development can arrange for payment. 

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*Approval from Church Leaders

Please upload an endorsement of this grant application, signed by your church's Ad Board/Council chair, church pastor, and project leader (if different from the pastor). 

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*Worship Leadership

If part of the budget will fund paid staff positions, please describe each position, estimated hours, responsibilities, and required experience/qualifications. If these leaders have already been selected, please upload a brief description of their job roles and qualifications. 

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*Workshop Information

Please indicate the date, time, and Church Development staff person who led the required New Worship Workshop for your church. 

When you have completed all of the above fields, please use the "Submit Form" button below to finalize the grant and submit it for review. 

Verification of Grant Criteria:

As the applicant for this grant, you verify that...

  • Your church is a United Methodist congregation located and worshiping in the state of Indiana
  • Your church's leaders participated in the required New Worship Workshop led by a Church Development staff person
  • Your new worship service has not already launched, as of the date of the application 
  • Your church actively tithes to the District and Conference 
  • You will submit progress reports and evaluations, as required by the Church Development Committee. 

By submission of this form the applicant agrees to the above terms and verifies that the application contains accurate information. 

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