ministry grants & loans

Empowering & Nurturing Vibrant Ministries

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As your congregation discerns new and vibrant ways to live out your mission, we are here to partner with you in this Spirit-filled work.

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The New & Renewing Missions Table

supports leaders and congregations who want to engage in holy experimenting in their context for the sake of the gospel. We would love to partner with you as you develop ideas and look for funding.

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    We have grants available from a number of different sources

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    We also have a diverse team of leaders who have experience with revitalizing ministry in their own locations and are more than happy to help.

Contact the table chair, Pastor Shannon Anderson at mission@metrodcelca.org.

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NEW! Campus Ministries Exploration & Growth Grants

The Metro D.C. Synod is currently considering grant requests to support congregations within the synod who are exploring and/or launching partnerships with their local community, state, and private colleges or universities in ministry.

This initiative will allow churches in our synod to explore personal connections with those colleges and universities. The hope is to continue to engage, be in dialogue with and walk alongside students during this special time in their lives in the name of Christ.

NEW! Campus Ministries Exploration & Growth Grants

The Metro D.C. Synod is currently considering grant requests to support congregations within the synod who are exploring and/or launching partnerships with their local community, state, and private colleges or universities in ministry.

This initiative will allow churches in our synod to explore personal connections with those colleges and universities. The hope is to continue to engage, be in dialogue with and walk alongside students during this special time in their lives in the name of Christ.

Mission & Sabbath Grants

There are grants available from a number of different sources that your congregation can apply for. Any congregation in the Metro D.C. Synod can apply for a New & Renewing Missions grant. Grants are more likely to be awarded to fund mission strategies that are innovative and more interactive with a congregation’s neighbors in a way that is contextually appropriate for the recipient congregation.

The grant proposal will be reviewed by the:

  • Director for Evangelical Mission
  • The New and Renewing Missions Table
  • And possibly the Synod Council, depending on the source of funds and the size of the request.
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Discuss Ideas with Director of Evangelical Mission

We urge you to discuss an idea with the Director for Evangelical Mission before submitting a proposal.

You can contact Pr. Lamar Bailey, Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop at (202) 417-3682 or lbailey@metrodcelca.org.

Submit a New & Renewing Grant Request

Once you have finalized your grant idea, you can submit your request using the form below. Also, see the sample form below to help you prepare to submit a grant request.

Rostered Minister Sabbath Grants

Any rostered minister called to a congregation or organization of the Metro D.C. Synod is invited to apply for a Sabbath mini-grant to support personal rest and renewal. Rostered ministers are encouraged to take off and away, ideally on a Sunday or other primary work days.

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Disaster Accompaniment Loan Fund

In 2020, the synod established the Disaster Accompaniment Loan Fund to support congregations experiencing financial difficulties due to disasters including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds may act as a loan to support a congregation while awaiting insurance settlement or they may be used to cover on-going expenses to support ministry such as (but not limited to) staff salaries, benefits, and mortgage/rent.