2023 Local Church Grant Recipients Chosen

The Foundation for Evangelism has chosen 50 churches and organizations to receive an Equipping the Local Church grant. A total of $350,000 will be distributed through $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 micro-grants to small and medium sized Wesleyan tradition* churches and church-based organizations. The focus of the grant is to launch an experiment or initiative to share the Gospel, tell their faith stories, and invite others into a relationship with Jesus alongside a local faith community. The recipients are from 9 Wesleyan-tradition denominations across 24 states. Proposed projects range from children’s after school programs to experiments with local community participation.

  • Small-Medium Church Grants
    • Abundant Life African Methodist Episcopal  Church – Dallas, Texas
    • Agape Fellowship Church of the Nazarene – New Igeria, Louisiana
    • Aldersgate United Methodist Church – Olathe, Kansas
    • Aldersgate United Methodist Church – Augusta, Georgia
    • Bad Axe Church of the Nazarene – Bad Axe, Michigan
    • Bethel Korean United Methodist Church – Santa Clara, California
    • Bremen United Methodist Church – Bremen, Ohio
    • Brighton Rock African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church – Portsmouth, Virginia
    • Canadian Hills Church of the Nazarene – Yukon, Oklahoma
    • Ceili Community (UMC) – Wheatland, Oklahoma
    • Committee on Native American Ministry of the Minnesota Annual Conference of the UMC
    • Community Cup Church of the Nazarene – Kankakee, Illinois
    • Converted Heart Christian Methodist Episcopal Church – Silver Spring, Maryland
    • Cooks Hill Community Church (Free Methodist) – Centralia, Washington
    • Cross Keys United Methodist Sunday School – Williamstown, New Jersey
    • CrossRoads Cowboy Church Natural Dam (Church of the Nazarene) – Natural Dam, Arkansas
    • Daniel Payne Outreach Ministries (AMEC) – Nashville, Tennessee
    • Deland Church of the Nazarene – Deland, Florida
    • DRC-Rwandan PAC of the South Austin Church of the Nazarene – Austin, Texas
    • Easter Hill United Methodist Church – Richmond, California
    • Ebenezer Church of the Nazarene – Aiken, South Carolina
    • Embrace – A Center for Community (UMC) – Waynesboro, Virginia
    • First United Methodist Church – Johnson City, Tennessee
    • Fleming Island United Methodist Church – Fleming Island, Florida
    • Forest Chapel United Methodist Church – Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Four Winds NYC (Wesleyan Church) – New York, New York
    • Goodsell United Methodist Church – West Point, Georgia
    • Grace United Methodist Church – Jackson, Tennessee
    • Hartsville District Cooperative Parish – Hartsville, South Carolina
    • Hemenway United Methodist Church – Evanston, Illinois
    • Heritage United Methodist Church – Madison, Alabama
    • Midtown Church (Assembly of God) – Kansas City, Missouri
    • Mosaic Church of Detroit (Wesleyan Church) – Detroit, Michigan
    • Mosaic United Methodist Church – Wilmington,  North Carolina
    • Mount Hermon United Methodist Church – Mount Jackson, Virginia
    • Mount Hope United Methodist Church – Lansing,  Michigan
    • Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church – Wellersburg,  Pennsylvania
    • Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church – Pittsboro, North Carolina
    • Rebirth Christian Methodist Episcopal Church – Florissant, Missouri
    • Russell Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church – Durham, North Carolina
    • Smith Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church – Anniston, Alabama
    • St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church  – Nashville, Tennessee
    • Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church – Tehachapi, California
    • Tempe First United Methodist Church – Tempe, Arizona
    • The Gathering at Washington Street (UMC) – Petersburg, Virginia
    • The Mosaic Center (UMC) – Evans, Georgia
    • The Way (UMC) – Pace, Florida
    • West Ohio Conference of the UMC
    • Word on the Street (UMC) – Huntersville, North Carolina
    • Zion Grove African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church – Eagle Springs, North Carolina

Other 2023 grants:

Evangelism for the Non-Evangelists Online Course co-sponsor

Engaging the Ministry of the Laity Grants

Raising Up Gospel Leader Grants

*We define Wesleyan-tradition as based on the ministry movement begun in the 18th century by John and Charles Wesley

EDIT: A previous version of this story listed 51 grant recipients. That number has been reduced to 50 due to one recipient withdrawing their application.

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