Mission Grant Application Process
- Submit a Concept Application of your project that will outline the general direction of your application. The Concept Application is here.
Concept Applications are due October 21, 2016.
- The North Central Jurisdiction Mission Council will offer feedback to your Concept Application in the subsequent weeks. Feedback will be sent out by November 4.
- Accepted Concept Applications will be invited to submit a Full Grant application.
Full Grant applications due November 18, 2016. You will be assigned a Connector to help walk through the program.
- The Mission Council releases Grant decisions on December 13, 2016.
About the Grant
The goal of the NCJ Mission Grant is to facilitate collaboration across the North Central Jurisdiction in creating disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We invite conference agencies, local churches, ministry projects, etc., to establish projects that demonstrate the fullness of the United Methodist connection in addressing one or more of the four priorities of the denomination:
- Engaging in Ministry with the Poor
- Improving Global Health
- Developing Principled Christian Leaders
- Creating New and Renewed Congregations
Applicants can apply to this grant for one year of funding. Funding priority will go to projects bolstering the leadership of young people, racial-ethnic diversity of the church, and ongoing financial sustainability.
We encourage applicants to communicate with their District Superintendent, Director of Connectional Ministries, bishop, and/or other relevant leaders in the Conference to explore possible opportunities to collaborate with existing initiatives.
The examples below illustrate the values of the Mission Council. Of course, these are only examples, and we encourage innovation that extends beyond these projects.
|Weaker application||Stronger application||Rationale|
|First United Methodist Church in the Dakotas Conference begins collaborative ministry with Native Americans facing negative consequences from oil pipelines||Churches across the Dakotas and Minnesota Conferences collaborate to create a joint effort to create ministry with Native Americans facing oil pipelines in their respective states.||It is important that this grant supports projects that demonstrate the cooperation of Annual Conferences within the North Central Jurisdiction|
|An initiative to share best practices around e-mail security||African American and Latino pastors meet to create cross-racial ministry initiatives for community restorative justice ministries||While there are many noble causes that contribute to the general social good, this grant seeks to specifically fund projects that will clearly further the four goals as stated by The United Methodist Church.
Also, creative collaboration across emerging partners is especially encouraged.
|Jurisdiction-wide churches collaborate to revive 1970 models of Sunday School classes.||Jurisdiction-wide churches collaborate to pilot a Church Planters of Color mentorship network.||Demonstrating innovation is crucial. Projects should speak prophetically to the future of the ministry of our denomination.|