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Overview

The Foundation awards grants to those working with or alongside Wesleyan-tradition* denominations with the goal of equipping disciples to share the Good News of Jesus Christ for life-transformation. The Foundation has two options for funding: Grant Application Cycle and Grants by Invitation. 

Applications will only be considered for currently available grants. 

Equipping the Local Church Grant Cycle 2022
Applications Open: Jan. 15, 2022
Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2022
Grant Summary:

Grants for $5,000 or $10,000 will be awarded to small and medium** church congregations, or clusters of churches working together, in a Wesleyan-tradition denomination. The grant focus is to launch an experiment or initiative to share the Gospel, tell their faith stories, and invite others into a relationship with Jesus.

Any church or group of churches fitting the criteria may apply. A total of 25-50 possible grants will be awarded in the summer of 2022. The Foundation for Evangelism Equipping the Local Church grant initiative seeks to empower pastors, laity, and 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 with The Foundation for Evangelism.

**250 or fewer participants

Grant Details:

The Foundation for Evangelism recognizes that Christian disciple-making happens in the local church. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, the local church invites members of their community to enter a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, grow in grace, and live out their faith by loving and serving God and neighbor.

The inaugural Equipping the Local Church grant cycle is open to Wesleyan-tradition* congregations in the United States. Grants are intended to enable small and medium-sized** churches to launch an experiment or initiative to share the Gospel and invite others into a relationship with Jesus. Through these funds, FFE desires to provide an opportunity for faith communities to be creative and take risks.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Who Qualifies for this Grant:

  • Wesleyan-tradition* Churches with…
    • 1-99 persons in worship, including virtual attendance (designated Small Church)
      OR
    • 100-250 persons in worship or a cluster of small congregations working together, including virtual attendance (designated Medium Church)
  • Non-profit, Wesleyan-tradition* organizations serving the above churches
  • The applying church/organization must be based in the United States

The Following Do Not Qualify for this Grant:

  • Non-Wesleyan-tradition* churches/organizations
  • Mission trips, community engagement events or service projects. While we encourage the marriage of mission and evangelism, to qualify for this grant, such a project would need to show intentional relationship building that leads to invitation into life-transforming relationship with Christ and discipleship as part of your congregation.
  • Campus Ministry
  • An established or on-going ministry or project
  • Capital improvements
  • Additional staff requests or equipment purchases not integral to the ministry
  • Individuals
  • Nonprofits that are not 501(c)(3), denominationally affiliated, or IRS recognized as a religious organization.

Grant Amounts

Awards will be granted in two amounts:

$5,000 awards will be available to congregations with participation from 1-99

$10,000 awards will be available to congregations with participation between 100 and 250 or a cluster of congregations working together

In evaluating grant applications, the strongest proposals will demonstrate alignment with The Foundation for Evangelism’s values and address the following questions:

  • Evangelistic– How will this grant be grounded in and share God’s story, and invite others to enter, develop and deepen their relationship with Jesus? Have you intentionally listened to your community to learn what difference the Good News might make in their lives?
  • Wesleyan – As a Wesleyan-tradition* congregation, is this project developed according to the example of Jesus and model of John Wesley that intentionally connects love of God with love of neighbor? In what ways will this grant invite people to accept and grow in God’s grace and address needs of the whole person and community?
  • Steward – In addition to soundly managing grant funds, how is this initiative engaging the context of ministry and utilizing your congregational gifts, strengths, and resources to equip disciples to share the Good News?
  • Leaders – How are clergy, ministers, and laity working in partnership and sharing leadership? Is the congregation focused on identifying leaders and equipping lay leaders?
  • Equip – How will you equip and empower the congregation to participate in this initiative and what are your plans to share your findings and learnings with others?

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

Equipping the Local Church Grant

Accepting Applications
Application Deadline: Feb. 28, 2022
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Other Grant Focus Areas

Raising Up Gospel Leaders

Evangelism Training for Ministry Professionals

Grants designed to equip leaders who are called to vocational ministry and desire to lead witnessing congregations and organizations. These grants range from one to three years and address training across a wide spectrum of leader designations. . up to endowment funded positions at Wesleyan-tradition seminaries or other leader training programs that expose students to a Wesleyan understanding of evangelism and discipleship. Endowed grants are available by invitation only.

Meet the E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism

Harry Denman Doctoral Fellowships

Fellowships granted for 1-4 academic years to support students completing a PhD, Th.D., or equivalent in evangelism or related discipline. Fellows are equipped and encouraged to then teach in Wesleyan-tradition schools of theology or institutions of higher education. Applications for fellowships are processed through our partners at A Foundation for Theological Education and are due each January.

Meet the Harry Denman Doctoral Fellows

Engaging the Ministry of the Laity

Training Lay Persons to Share Their Faith and Invite Others

Methodism and the Wesleyan tradition became a movement because everyone participated in sharing the Good News. These grants support efforts to equip the laity to become comfortable with telling others about their personal faith in their daily lives or as they are in mission situations, inviting others to join them to live as transformed followers of Jesus Christ.

Harry Denman Evangelism Awards

The Harry Denman Evangelism Awards are given annually across the nation to recognize laity and youth who empower their church and equip disciples to share Good News of Jesus Christ in Word, Sign, and Deed.

Nominate Laity or Youth for this award