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Laity Resource and Training Grant

Who is eligible to apply?
Laypersons affiliated with faith communities and ministries in the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church.

What is the maximum amount?
A layperson, faith community or ministry church may receive up to $500.

How might the grant be used?
This grant is for resources and leadership training events that are unable to be funded through ministry budgets. Some possibilities include (not an exhaustive list):

    • Bishop's Challenge ABAR resources for small groups/churches – Bishop Bard, during the 2021 Annual Conference, issued the following challenge: “I invite every Michigan United Methodist congregation to engage in a study in the coming year dealing with intercultural competence, racism, or racial reckoning.” This is a list of resources for that purpose.
    • General Commission on Religion & Race resources – Premium resources from the general agency on topics such as You Are Here: First Steps for White Christians on Race and Racism and Implicit Bias: What We Don’t Think We Think
    • Discipleship Ministries eLearning course – Premium resources from the general agency that will enrich your faith life and ministry. If you need CEU credit, courses have a fee. Topics include Basics of Faith Formation and Disciple Living Generously
    • UMC Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation booklets - The booklets are tools that get new leaders off to a good start and as a reference resource for all. Each booklet includes the basic "job description" for the leader as well as practical "how-to" information important to implementing ministry effectively.
    • Amplify Media Subscription – Amplify Media is a streaming service allowing churches unlimited video access in order to discover, customize, and share diverse resources that encourage deeper discipleship and equip churches to pursue their mission with greater impact.
    • Lay Servant Ministry Courses - Lay Servant Ministries is one of the significant lay leadership development programs available within the United Methodist connection. Through this system of equipping and empowering, lay servants have the opportunity to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ who then go and make other disciples.
    • United Methodist Church of the Resurrection's Leadership Institute – The 2022 Leadership Institute offers inspiration, practical ministry tools and proven strategies to strengthen your church and your own leadership.
    • Small group study materials – Looking for small group ideas? Cokesbury has many studies available. Check out the webpage for ideas.

Grant applications must be received by Oct. 1. Applications will be reviewed following the deadline and should be submitted by a layperson. Priority will be given to those who did not previously receive a Board of Laity grant.

Questions may be directed to Laura Witkowski, lwitkowski@michiganumc.org.