In 2018, the Smith Center for Evangelism, Mission, and Church Growth (CEMCG) launched a three-year initiative that provided grants and resources to be used to launch new faith communities throughout the Central Texas Conference. The New Faith Communities (NFC) launched with the help of the NFC Grant have been able to reach and connect with persons that before they likely would never have had the opportunity to reach. By stepping out in faith and engaging in fresh expressions of "doing church," while being willing to be guided by the Holy Spirit and led by pastors and congregations open to try new things and take risks in the name of Jesus Christ, these New Faith Communities are leading the way in our mission and Wildly Important Goal (WIG) to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The $1000 Online Faith Community Grant is designed to assist with the costs of equipment to provide online worship, small group studies, and other digital outreach. This grant is intended to help churches grow their online presence, reach new people and stay connected to their existing membership, expand their digital ministry reach, and more effectively make disciples through today's technology.
The past three years have produced a variety of New Faith Communities. Many have become fruitful ministries, some have had marginal success, and others have failed. There were also many NFCs that were forced to go on hiatus during the COVID-19 journey. The COVID-19 pause has provided an opportunity for churches with a New Faith Community established via the 2018-2020 initiative to relaunch, revitalize or restart their NFC. After reviewing and reassessing their existing NFC initiative, churches are encouraged to apply for this relaunch grant with the goal of intentional growth, discipleship and expanding their community reach.
This grant is for the first-time New Faith Community focused on reaching people we are not already reaching. It can be a community that is launched on the church campus, another location or online. This grant is intended to reach a larger number of people - the initial benchmark for this NFC attendance is 100.
This grant has a unique purpose and is designed to help a church begin a significant New Faith Community at a much higher level. The minimum goal is to reach 200 or more new people (people the church is not already reaching) in a distinct and new church style. This might be a New Faith Community meeting on the existing campus, another location that could be considered a second campus, or a new entity that is in relationship with the existing and parent church.
(The NFC Relaunch and NFG Grants must be approved by Bishop Saenz).
Each proposal should be emailed to your District Superintendent and to Della Conner, firstname.lastname@example.org the Executive Assistant for the Center or Evangelism, Mission and Church Growth. If you have any questions please feel free to email Megwitmeremail@example.com the Associate Director.