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Eight new mission program grants totaling $250,000 awarded

New church development and presbytery transformation grants support evangelism and discipleship efforts to expand Presbyterian mission and ministry

December 15, 2011

A group of church members -- children and adults, standing together.

Eleven new members - 8 who were baptized and 3 who joined by transfer of letter - are pictured here with Rev. Prachuab Dechawan and his wife, Gloria (at far left), following the church’s 9th anniversary celebration service on September 4, 2011. —Photos by Elder Somsak Poolperm.

Louisville

Four new church developments and two presbyteries will receive mission program grants from Evangelism and Church Growth of the General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC).

The grant recipients, selected by the Mission Development Resources Committee of the GAMC, are:

Second-Level New Church Grants ($25,000 each)

  • House of Manna Faith Community, Pittsburgh, Pa.  (Synod of the Trinity), will continue to serve people in the Homewood community, helping revitalize an urban area in Pittsburgh Presbytery. Using media, sports, after school tutoring and cultural and leadership development as evangelistic tools, they are spreading the gospel, reversing years of social, spiritual and economic decline.
  • The Young Adult New Ministry New Church Development, Hershey, Pa. (Synod of Trinity), will continue to build a community where everyone participates in outreach service, creatively expressing evangelism as a central practice of ministry in Carlisle Presbytery.

First-Level New Church Grants ($25,000 each)

  • First Thai / Laotian Presbyterian, Las Vegas, Nev., (Synod of the Pacific), will expand its ministry to the growing jobless and homeless population in Nevada Presbytery. The congregation has introduced many homeless persons, especially those with drug, alcohol, gambling and other substance abuse problems, to the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ.

Presbytery Transformation Grants   

  • The Presbytery of Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C., (Synod of the Mid-Atlantic). A $50,000 Transformation Pilot Project grant will be used to enlist, train and support a cadre of coaches to work with congregations, cultivating health and developing disciples of Jesus Christ whose lives are transformed.
  • The Presbytery of Wabash Valley, Rochester, Ind., (Synod of Lincoln Trails). A $50,000 Mission Transformation Process grant will deepen transformation efforts that began with a presbytery-wide Bible study. The presbytery will provide coaching to congregations, pastors and sessions as they move into a new identity and discover their future mission.

Twenty-three new church developments and 12 presbyteries have received new mission program grants this year. To learn more, visit the Mission Program Grants website. Make a gift to support evangelism, discipleship and transformation efforts, expanding the reach of Presbyterian mission.

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