The Foundation for Evangelism is pleased to announce it will open the 2023 Equipping the Local Church grant cycle on January 15. A total of $350,000 is available for grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to small and medium* church congregations, or clusters of churches working together, in a Wesleyan-tradition denomination.
During the 2022 Equipping the Local Church Grant Cycle, 31 grants were awarded totaling $230,000. The projects included a wide range of evangelistic disciple-building in the local church context including:
- Establishing a children’s and youth summer leadership program based on Wesleyan-tradition Christian values that invites and nurtures children and families in the faith.
- A Sunday-night supper open to anyone in the community that invites conversation around a particular scripture.
- An online church designed for those struggling with addiction or family members and friends of addicts.
- A weekly respite night for foster parents that provides a safe and nurturing place for children and a connection to a faith community for their caregivers.
The grant is intended to help launch an experiment or initiative to share the Gospel, faith stories, and invite others into a relationship with Jesus.
Any church or group of churches fitting the criteria may apply. A total of 30 small church and 20 medium* church grants will be awarded in the summer of 2023.
To help clarify the grant criteria and application process, an information session will be held on January 26, 2023 from 3-5 p.m. Eastern. You can register for the session at FoundationforEvangelism.org/apply-for-grant.
Applications open January 15 and will close February 28, 2023.
The Foundation for Evangelism Equipping the Local Church grant initiative seeks to empower pastors and laity in smaller local congregations to dream, take risks, and partner with God in the transformation of lives and communities. These grants are made possible through the generosity of donors, friends, and partners of The Foundation for Evangelism.
The Foundation for Evangelism works globally to educate and invite people into the Christian faith. Grants to pan-Wesleyan/Methodist leaders, churches, seminaries, and denominations impact Christian leaders across five continents. To learn more about our work, visit www.FoundationForEvangelism.org.
*under 250 participants