Fresh Expression Grant Application

Fresh Expressions grants are available through the Mississippi Conference's Faith Community Formation Office. Fresh Expressions grants "match" up to $5,000 per request. To be eligible for a Fresh Expressions grant, your local church must commit to matching (cash or in kind) of the amount being requested. The FCF Office will not consider a grant without the written approval from the pastor* and confirmation that the church will provide a matching grant. 

Go to https://www.mississippi-umc.org/freshexpressionsms for more information. After you have learned all about Fresh Expressions and have prayerfully discerned your potential role as a Fresh Expressions leader, have a conversation with your pastor*. 

*If you are the pastor from the church, you MUST have a conversation with your District Chief Missional Strategist.

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Contact Information:

Primary Point of Contact for this Application: Please provide the name of the best point of contact should there be any questions regarding your application. Fields with an asterisk are required fields for submission.

*First Name
*Last Name
Address 1
City
State
Zip
*Phone
*Email
General Information
Name of Fresh Expression:
Location of Fresh Expression:

This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

Fresh Expression Leader(s) - Name, phone number and email address:

Please list those who will be leading [Permission Giver, Pioneer(s), Supporter(s)] this proposed Fresh Expression as well as providing their contact information (main phone number & eamil address). This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

District Name:

Please select your district from the drop-down list. This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

Have you discussed this with your District Chief Missional Strategist?

This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

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No
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Sponsoring Congregation Information (if applicable)
Which Local Church(es) is/are sponsoring this proposed Fresh Expression?
Please share the name(s) and contact information of the Sr./Lead Pastor(s) of the Local Church sponsor(s).

Primary phone number(s) and email address(es).

Request for Funding Application
Please state the amount of your grant request (up to $5000.00):

Fresh Expressions grants are available through the Mississippi Conference's Faith Community Formation Office. Fresh Expressions grants "match" up to $5,000 per request. To be eligible for a Fresh Expressions grant, your local church must commit to matching (cash or in kind) of the amount being requested. Grants can be requested up to twice (2X) per calendar year. A progress report indicating growth of the Fresh Epressions ministry must accompany any subsequent request. Subsequent requests cannot be submitted within four (4) months of the previous request. 

The FCF Office will not consider a grant without the written approval from the pastor* and confirmation that the church will provide a matching grant. *If you are the pastor from the church, you MUST have a conversation with your District Chief Missional Strategist.This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

Vision - Strategy - Goals

Please provide concise answers to the following questions. PLEASE NOTE that there are no character limits on any of the boxes below.  So, while the boxes look small, the box will expand as you type.

TARGET:

Who do you intend to reach that you're not already reaching? Who are you trying to reach, what demographics, what needs are you trying to meet, what leads you to believe they might be receptive? This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

VISION:

What is your vision for this Fresh Expression; be specific, include numbers? This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

DISCERNMENT:

What research and due diligence has been done in preparation? This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

STRATEGY:

This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.
Provide your:

  • Give time frame with dates on the calendar; 
  • Any resources available (including local community resources); and
  • Are there any core groups already dedicated for this Fresh Expression?
DISCIPLESHIP PATHWAY:

How will this make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world; what is the pathway to discipleship for this Fresh Expression? This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

Who will the lead person be and who will assist them?

Provide the names the team. This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

Identify the prayer team who will be praying for and supporting this Fresh Expression:

This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

Name any community partnerships that will be a part of this new Fresh Expression project:

This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

Itemized Budget:

An itemized budget is a list of expected income and expenses that will help you plan for how your money will be spent. Include itemized categories with reasonable dollar amounts for expected expenditures. This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

Helpful resources to use (PDF format) - not required:

Attach supporting documents here:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

  • Budget or financial plan with benchmarks
Attach file pdf, doc(x), xls(x), jpg/gif/png, ppt - up to 25 MB

What is your timeline?

This is a required field - your application will not be considered if not completed.

*Grant Application is complete?

To save your work, ALWAYS click on the "Submit Form" button below.

  • If you are not finished with your application, click "No" and then the "Submit Form" button below OR
  • Once your application is complete, click "Yes" and then the "Submit Form" button below.
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No
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