NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nov. 7, 2018 | Discipleship Ministries

The RELCC grants provide funding of up to $10,000 to strengthen the ethnic local church through leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship, and spiritual formation as they engage in developing disciple making systems inside the church walls, as well as in the local community. Priority was given to new programs and ministries that move churches to places where disciples are formed, grow, and make new disciples of Jesus Christ who will transform the world.

Naomi Annandale, director of Research and Strategic Evaluation for Discipleship Ministries, chaired the board’s selection committee. She said,

“The board was grateful to be able to award these grants. We received many exciting proposals and choosing the recipients from among them was difficult. We are eager to see what these grant recipients are able to do to help their churches reach out to the communities around them.”

Serving with Annandale on the selection committee were Discipleship Ministries colleagues Alma Perez, acquisitions editor for Spanish language resources, and David Kim, director of Korean, Asian American and Pacific Islander ministries. Also serving were Discipleship Ministries board members Rev. Motoe Yamada Foor, senior pastor of Sacramento (CA) Japanese United Methodist Church, and Rev. Dr. Mike Bowie, senior pastor of St. Luke Community UMC in Dallas, TX.

“These grants are meant to be seed money to help something get off the ground,” said Annandale, “not to finance something that is already an on-going ministry. Every year we look for new and exciting programs our churches want to do to reach their communities for Christ.”

Churches in the Desert Southwest Conference that received the awards are:

First UMC of Tucson; Tucson Korean UM Fellowship; Menlo Park UMC, Tucson, AZ (Desert-Southwest Annual Conference). Award for: Racial-Ethnic Society of Tucson: Small group outreach program for spiritual growth, community organizing, education, and advocacy for justice and compassion. Racial-ethnic group: Multi-Ethnic (Hispanic, Korean, White). $10,000.

“We purposely look for projects that take a fresh approach to discipleship,” Annandale said. “We want to see church members reach out to a hurting world and embrace those who need Jesus. I believe all of us look forward to see how these churches use the grants to do that. We see these grants as a way for Discipleship Ministries to partner with churches as they create new avenues of discipleship.”


Other Grants Available:

Grants and loans for ministries are available from several agencies and organizations of The United Methodist Church. Click on the links below to find out more.

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