The grant recipients, selected by the Mission Development Resources Committee of the GAMC, are:
Second-Level New Church Grants ($25,000 each):
The Kinesis Ministry, Louisville, Ky. (Synod of Living Waters), will continue their ministry work of creating Christian community for young adults and developing a network of small groups in Mid-Kentucky Presbytery.
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.
First-Level New Church Grants ($25,000 each)
The First Filipino-American Presbyterian Church of Southern Nevada,Henderson, Nev., (Synod of the Pacific), will reach out to the burgeoning Filipino population in the greater Las Vegas area in the Presbytery of Nevada.
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.