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Ten ethnic church projects receive grants

8/26/2003 News media contact: Linda Green · (615) 742-5470 · Nashville, Tenn

The following article may be used as a sidebar to UMNS #417.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - A United Methodist agency has awarded 10 grants totaling $131,000 to projects and organizations serving racial-ethnic groups.

Meeting Aug. 20-24, governing members of the Board of Discipleship approved funding these United Methodist projects:

Church Vitalization by Outreach and Evangelism Program, Nashville, Tenn. - $20,000
(Ethnic group served: Asian)
The Korean Church of Nashville will use the money to establish an Asian-American Community Service Center and to assist in increasing membership through evangelism and leadership training programs.

Ebony Bishops Summit on the Black Church, Washington - $20,000
(Ethnic group served: African America)
The Ebony Bishops of the United Methodist Council of Bishops are hosting this Nov. 7-9 event to focus on strengthening local church ministry for and with African Americans. A hundred clergy and lay leaders will be invited to two days of prayer, worship, discussion and training around vital ministry issues confronting the black local church.

Racial Ethnic Leadership Development, Los Angeles - $20,000
(Ethnic group served: multiethnic)
The Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group of the United Methodist Church will send 10 people from each of the five national racial ethnic caucuses to the 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. They will serve as monitors and observers in the legislative and plenary sessions, with a goal of becoming more effective witnesses and participants at all levels of the church.

Fiesta 2004: Celebrando el Evangelio, Dallas - $15,000
(Ethnic group served: multiethnic)
The Perkins School of Theology, through its Mexican-American program, will conduct a National Convocation on Evangelization among Hispanics Oct. 2-4 in Dallas, and people of various denominations are expected to attend.

NC BMCR Focus on Youth, Raleigh, N.C. -- $15,000
(Ethnic group served: African American)
The North Carolina Chapter of Black Methodists for Church Renewal seeks to educate and empower youth in Christian discipleship through mentoring, spiritual disciplines, cultural immersion experiences and advocacy work.

NEJ Multicultural Leadership Project, Columbia, Md. - $15,000
(Ethnic group served: multiethnic)
The program will include working with more than 7,000 United Methodist ministries in the Northeast Jurisdiction on an ongoing process of identifying, nurturing and developing multicultural leadership for Christian service.

BMCR Spiritual Growth and Empowerment, Atlantic City, N.J. - $10,000
(Ethnic group served: African American)
The Northeastern Jurisdiction of Black Methodists for Church Renewal will use the money to support an annual meeting of 150 lay and clergy leaders, set for Oct. 24-25 in Hartford, Conn.

Nueva Comunidad and El Arca de Noe, El Paso, Texas - $8,000
(Ethnic group served: Hispanic)
The Vista Ysleta United Methodist Church will initiate a Saturday night worship experience called "Nueva Comunidad" to focus on young Hispanic households with children. The grant will also support a bilingual worship service in both English and Spanish and a vacation Bible school-like experience on Saturday nights called "El Arca de Noe" or Noah's Ark.

Prison Ministry/Aftercare, Glasgow, Pa. - $5,000
(Ethnic group served: multiethnic)
The Prison Outreach of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference will address the needs of racial and ethnic minorities in prison and assist in the care of inmates after release.

Church of the Living God, Columbus, Ohio - $3,000
(Ethnic group served: Hispanics)
The Church of the Living God will use the money for bilingual tutoring classes in English and Spanish, for Christian education to conduct teacher training and Sunday school, and to sponsor and host a three-day evangelism crusade in September and a Hispanic music concert in October.

Priority for grants is given to new programs or pilot projects. All grants are awarded on a one-year basis, and project-funding proposals are due July 1 and Nov. 1. More information is available by contacting Soozung Sa, director of ministries with families and singles, at (615) 340-7169 or toll-free (877) 899-2780, Ext. 7169, or by e-mail at

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