Congregational Excellence Provides Funds to Kick Start New Places


To encourage and support innovative ways to create New Places for New People, the Office of Congregational Excellence is offering grant opportunities to all Missouri churches. Grants are available for each of the five kinds of New Places. Grants will be awarded twice a year. Deadlines for application are September 15 and February 1 each year. In the first round in September 2018, the center received 33 grant applications. Of those, 24 grants were approved. Grant amounts ranged from $1,500 to $100,000. “Each church can receive only one grant per “new place” category. Grant money is not intended for salary support. A full description of the available grants and their amounts is below: 

Many churches are working hard to establish their new places for new people. To report new places for new people at your church, go to By district application (some churches applied for more than one grant):

Gateway Central: 6
Gateway Regional: 3
Heartland: 6
Mark Twain: 1
Mid-State: 6
Northwest: 1
Ozarks: 3
Southeast: 3
Southwest: 2

Winter grant applications are now open. Apply by February 1, 2019. Learn more at

Grant Questions? Contact Tammy Calcote, Executive Assistant, Congregational Excellence at

Does your church have a New Place for New People? Let us know!