Emerging Ministries


The Rocky Mountain Conference Board of Global Ministries is offering Emerging Ministries grants to assist local churches of the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church in developing new ministries or facilitating the development of new ministry ideas for mission, outreach and education with people who are low-income and/or underprivileged. Ministry with the poor and underprivileged is an imperative that Jesus set down for us. This ministry includes both acts of mercy and acts of justice. These grants are intended to not only relieve immediate, but also work on, systemic problems that deal with the injustices.

Who Can Apply: Local churches of the Rocky Mountain Conference. Proposals may be submitted by clergy or lay leaders, and must have at least one pastoral signature and one lay member/leader signature. Download the grant application

Deadline: Nov. 30, 2015

Amount: Grants will be awarded in the range of $250 to $1,000

Funding Priorities: The primary purpose of these grants is to facilitate new ideas for ministries in local churches and in communities supported by our conference. Within that scope, grants may be made for ministries that address:

  • Clean Water
  • Climate Change
  • Education
  • Health
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Job Skills
  • Literacy
  • Sanitation

This is not an exhaustive list; other topics may also be considered.


  1. Fit: The degree to which the proposed project focuses on new and emerging ministries within the local church and community.
  2. Impact: Description of need; degree to which the proposal clearly identifies goals and describes the process for measuring outcomes, for both the church and the local community.
  3. Ownership: Demonstration of both lay and clergy leadership buy-in to carry out the proposed ministry. Sustainability of this ministry will be looked at. How will your church continue to carry out this ministry after this grant money has been used?
  4. Innovation: How new, creative, or replicable is the ministry in your community? The emphasis for these grants will be on new ministries in your local church or community that haven’t been tried before.

Timeline and Reporting: Grantees will be notified before the end of 2015. Funds will be dispersed before year-end. Funds must be spent and reports submitted to Conference Board of Global Ministries between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016.