Fresh Expression Grants

What Is a Fresh Expression?

Introduction

     Fresh Expressions is a movement to reach unchurched and dechurched people with the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to make new disciples of Jesus Christ.  We must find new ways and create new spaces for people to experience Christian community.  However, it is not just about creating new groups; these groups must also have a way for those attending a group to follow in the Way of Jesus.

Four Components of a Fresh Expression

 The new community needs to be focused specifically on reaching people outside of the church.  By design it gives the unchurched and the dechurched a fresh experience of Christian community.  While the group needs to have some devoted Christians at its core, it must also reach out with love to those who need to experience Christian community with authentic followers of Jesus Christ. Meets regularly.  Groups need to meet at least monthly.  Some groups will meet weekly.  Some will follow a different time schedule.  A one-time outreach event does not meet the criteria of having regular meetings.  However, such an event may be helpful in identifying who is interested in this Fresh Expression of Christian Community. Makes Disciples.  There are many ways to define a disciple.  The one used here is that a disciple is a person who follows in the Way of Jesus.  Some new communities may do this through focusing on Bible Study.  Some new communities may have a strong element of service or advocating for a social justice issue.  Some new communities may focus upon worship through music, sacraments, liturgy, witness or a message.  Some will do a combination of these elements or all of them.  The way disciples will be made will vary with the context of the Fresh Expression.  However, becoming a disciple and being a disciple who follows in the Way of Jesus is the priority. Relates to a United Methodist Church or Entity.  Many Fresh Expressions will break the mold of the way we typically “do church”.  Many will meet away from the church in a different space.  Many will meet on a different day and time than Sunday mornings.  They will simply do church differently; but in such a way that it will be attractive and winsome and will draw those who are not a part of the already established church to a Fresh Expression of church.  However, these Fresh Expressions are a part of the Body of Christ.  In the United Methodist culture they will be “connected” to a United Methodist church, campus ministry, or some other entity.  This connection does not mean that the Fresh Expression is expected to funnel everyone to the established church.  It means that the established church and the Fresh Expression of church are better being connected to one another.

*First Name
*Last Name
Phone
*Email
*Name of Church or Entity Connected To:
*Date of Application
*Name of Fresh Expression

Most Fresh Expressions of church do not need funding from the Conference in order to get started.  Most Fresh Expressions simply do not cost a lot of money; however, some established churches will find it helpful to receive a grant in order to cover some or all of the costs. 

There are two types of grants that can be applied for: Seed and Micro Grants:

Seed Grants

These grants are available to start a new Fresh Expression.  The amount of a Seed Grant can range from $500.00 to $1,000.00 for most Fresh Expressions and $2,500.00 for a dinner church model due to food costs. 

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Micro Grants

These grants are available to Fresh Expressions that are already in place and have shown fruitfulness in making disciples.  The amount of a Micro Grant can range from $1,000 to $5,000.  These grants can be applied for annually for up to 3 years.  Preference will be given to those who can match the grant received.

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*Describe your vision and how it is a Fresh Expression of Church. (50 words or less):
*If this group already exists, share how long you have been meeting and how this group has developed over time. (50 words or less):
*Describe the group of people you will or have reached and what percentage are unchurched. (50 words or less):
*How regularly does this group meet or intend to meet?:
*How is this Fresh Expression leading group members toward discipleship in the Way of Jesus? (50 words or less):
*If this group already exists, how is this Fresh Expression forming Christian community; or if it is beginning, how do you intend to form Christian community? (50 words or less):
*How many people do you believe this Fresh Expression has the potential to impact?
*How will you use the funds? What other resources do you have? What is needed to sustain the Fresh Expression? (50 words or less):
For those applying for a Micro Grant are you able to match the amount requested? If not, explain why you need to have this grant. How you will work toward becoming less dependent upon the grant? (50 words or less):
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