Discipleship Ministries Grants & Awards
Discipleship Ministries provides mission and ministry-related grants and awards to Baltimore-Washington United Methodist Churches, organizations, and/or related agencies. These grants are solely for the use of ministries based in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church and are made possible through apportionment giving, individual giving, grants partnerships
- Availability of funds;
- Ability to further the mission of the United Methodist Church through one or more of our strategic focus areas; and,
- Adherence to the procedures listed in the Guidelines for Funding Requests (see Guidelines) and alignment with the provided guidelines.
By 2019, we will be moving toward a common online application process and two grant and award application deadlines across the wide variety of grants.
Awards will be announced at Annual Conference with
Spiritual Leader Development
Spiritual Leader Development supports the development of mature Jesus followers (lay and clergy) who know their purpose and use their gifts to build up the body of Christ for the transformation of the world.
- Ministerial Education Fund (MEF) - The MEF grant exists to assist in the education, formation
andtraining of future United Methodist clergy within the Baltimore-Washington Conference by:
- Alleviating some of the financial strain related to seminary education, where such pressure may well prevent a ministerial candidate from obtaining the necessary education.
- Reducing the necessity for too much employment while in school, thus allowing more time for study.
- Alleviating debt during seminary in exchange for five years of full-time service in the United Methodist connection in appointments approved by a United Methodist Bishop (para. 816a).
In order to become eligible for MEF funds, one needs to have become a Certified Candidate in the ordination process. Please visit the BWC Board of Ordained Ministry page for details on how to begin this process, as well as for more details on how to apply for
Young People’s Ministry
Young People’s Ministry
- Youth Worker of the Year Award honors a BWC United Methodist who exemplifies inviting, inspiring and strengthening youth skilled servant workers. Nominations are due April 30 and will be awarded at Annual Conference.
- Young Adult Leader of the Year Award honors a BWC United Methodist who supports the development of mature Jesus followers and uses their gifts to build up the body of Christ for the transformation of the world. The nomination form is online here. Nominations are due April 30 and will be awarded at Annual Conference.
- Camperships are financial scholarships that enable churches to send children and youth to one of the Baltimore-Washington Conference summer camp programs. Applications are due March 1.
- The United Methodist Church Scholarship Program provides scholarships to help supplement the financial needs of today. Scholarships are for undergraduate students enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university in the United States. Applications are due March 7.
- Mission Innovation for Young People's Ministry Grants. These grants will be used to support the emerging strategies and invest in missional innovation designed to invite, inspire and strengthen youth and young adult skilled servant workers in local churches, campuses, camps, and mission fields of the annual conference and beyond. Applications due May 1 and November 1.