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 and some Sunday offerings. Final grant awards are based on the following:
- 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 consent of the awardee(s).
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 and training 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 an MEF grant.
New Faith Expressions
New Faith Expressions encourage evangelism and the creation of diverse, multicultural third places with and for people who aren’t currently connected to any faith community.
- The Harry Denman Evangelism Award honors United Methodists in each annual conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism - expressed in Word (what), Sign (why), and Deed (how) - brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. What distinguishes a Harry Denman Evangelism Award recipient is the commitment to consistently introduce others to the Good News of Jesus Christ in all ministry settings. Their ministry is exceptional for the number of new Christ Followers who credit encounters with this person as critical in helping to start or reignite their faith journey. We will recognize one clergy, and one layperson. Nominations are due April 1 and will be awarded at Annual Conference. Apply now.
- Congregational Development Grants assist congregations with grants for new ministry, new or renewed congregation development, leader development, and short-term equitable compensation support. Applications are due to your district superintendent by March 20 and October 1.
Young People’s Ministry
Young People’s Ministry invite, inspire and strengthen youth and young adult skilled servant workers in local congregations, campuses, camps, and mission fields of the annual conference. To donate to this ministry area and make more funds available please click here for more details (this should go to a separate page).
- Moral Courage Awards to honor youth and young adults who pursue justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. Youth nominations/applications are due December 20 and will be awarded at ROCK. Young Adult nominations/applications are due April 1 and will be announced at Annual Conference. Apply now.
- Youth Group Leader of the Year Award honors a BWC United Methodist who exemplifies inviting, inspiring and strengthening youth skilled servant workers. Nominations are due April 1 and will be awarded at Annual Conference. Nominate your favorite youth group leader now!
- 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. Apply now.
- 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. Apply now.
- 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. Learn more.
Advocacy & Action
Advocacy & Action partners with communities so that we join in advocating to transform systems which disenfranchise, marginalize, and oppress and to create a BWC presence on urgent policy matters at local, state and national levels.
- Advocacy & Action Award $1,000 given to one faith community that exemplifies partnering with their communities in advocating to transform systems which disenfranchise, marginalize, and oppress. Applications/nominations are due April 1 and will be awarded at Annual Conference. Apply now.
- Moral Courage Awards to honor a young adult and adult who exemplify exercising moral courage in order to improve. Applications are due April 1 and will be awarded at Annual Conference. Apply now.
- BWC Peace with Justice Grants for up to $2,000 is made possible by the annual Peace with Justice Offering. 50% of this offering is retained for local Peace with Justice ministry and the rest of it made available for denomination-wide work. Peace with Justice witnesses to God's demand for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world. Applications due May 1.
- Missional Innovation for Advocacy and Action Grants up to $5,000 awarded to a team of persons at least one of whom is connected to a United Methodist faith community that has a tested plan to address an aspect of a system of oppression and/or injustice in collaboration with impoverished, marginalized and disenfranchised communities. Applications due May 1 and November 1. Learn more.
Abundant Health equips faith communities to foster spiritual, physical and mental health for all and to promote an understanding of the interconnectedness of all aspects of health both locally and globally.
- Abundant Health Award $1,000 given to one faith community that exemplifies the fostering of spiritual, physical and mental health for all and promotes an understanding of the interconnectedness of all aspects of health. Applications/nominations are due April 1 and will be awarded at Annual Conference. Apply now.
- Missional Innovation for Abundant Health Grants: up to $5,000 awarded to a team of persons, at least one of whom is connected to a United Methodist faith community, that has a tested plan to educate and support individuals in making it priority to improve health holistically (physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally) for themselves, their congregations, and their communities - including those that are impoverished, marginalized, disenfranchised, and/or recovering from disaster. Applications Due May 1 and November 1. Learn more.