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Mission program grants awarded

Five new church developments each receive $25,000 for new church ministries

May 6, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

Five Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) new church developments will receive $25,000 each in mission program grants to further new church ministries. Two of the five new church developments are in Pennsylvania; the others are in Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky:

New Faith New Church Development, Greenwood, S.C. (Synod of South Atlantic), will be the first predominately African-American church in the Greater Greenwood area of Trinity Presbytery.

Providence New Church Development, Fernandina Beach, Fla. (Synod of South Atlantic), will be the first Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Yulee, a fast-growing unincorporated area of St. Augustine Presbytery.

House of Manna Faith Community, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Synod of the Trinity), will serve in Homewood—an urban area in Pittsburgh Presbytery suffering from years of social, economic and spiritual decline.

Young adult missional community, Harrisburg, Pa. (Synod of the Trinity), will empower young adults to lead and create new ways of doing ministry in the Carlisle Presbytery.

New community for college-age adults, Louisville, Ky. (Synod of Living Waters). Young adults from the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery will develop a spiritual community comprised initially of students from the University of Louisville.

(For more detail on these new church developments, please see the fact sheet.)

Each new church development was selected to further “Grow Christ’s Church Deep and Wide” by the new church development team of the Mission Development Resources Committee of the General Assembly Mission Council.

Proposals for the next review cycle of new church development mission program grants are being accepted now and are based on Starting New Churches: A Process of Discernment (Version 2.0), developed by the office of Church Growth Ministries of the General Assembly Mission Council.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) comprises 2.2 million members in more than 10,000 congregations, answering Christ’s call to mission and ministry throughout the United States and the world.

  1. Dear Cheryl, Given the overwhelming demand for the denomination to start new churches and to help presbyteries to enable continual transformation within their congregations, we no longer offer a grant that will support your daycare needs. Also, in answer to your inquiry about the college level outreach, while we don't offer a grant to help you, our colleagues within the the Youth and Collegiate Ministries area may be able to help you with advice and program resources. Please contact Adrian McMullen at toll-free (888) 728-7228, X5639 or by e-mail at adrian.mcmullen@pcusa.org. Blessings, Tim McCallister, Associate Office of Mission Program Grants (888) 728-7228, X5230

    by Tim McCallister

    August 11, 2010

  2. I would to have more information regarding these grants we are starting a preschool daycare after school mission. We could use some financial help with start up expenses. We are also starting a presbyterian outreach to Vincennes University to connect Presbyterian students to local churches and reach out to college students to mission opportunities.

    by Cheryl Thorne

    August 10, 2010

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