2023 Regional Mission Councils Mission Grant
Message From the Regional Mission Councils
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! We are honored to serve you and to be your partners in the mission of our Lord and His Church. We thank you for your work on behalf of the Pacific Southwest District. We see each of you as gifts for the service and mission of our Lord.
This is the Mission Grant Application form that you will use to apply for a District grant for this coming year. The Regional Mission Councils hope to make this process positive and productive for you. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please contact the Regional Mission Council chairperson for your region (see below for contact information).
Each Regional Mission Council (RMC) is charged with the local distribution of an annual budget allocation from the Pacific Southwest District Board of Directors. In coordination with the District, the local RMC will work to coordinate and evaluate the applications of Grantees. The RMC has the freedom and authority to distribute three types of funding: Innovation, Incubation, and Impact Grants.
Innovation Grants: (up to $5,000) to spark missional thinking and provide seed funds to experiment in reaching a new community with the Gospel. Examples like starting an ESL class or a pre or after school reading program or launching a new worship service could qualify for an innovation grant.
Incubation Grants: (up to $20,000) to partner with leaders and core groups in order to provide necessary support to new mission endeavors resulting in sustained Christian community. Incubation grants are for building momentum for ongoing programs like a small group ministry, infant care for a pre-school, or beginning work to plant a new church with another culture group.
Impact Grants: (up to $50,000) to offer new mission starts significant funding support to build the systems and capacity necessary for a new congregation, school, or mission agency. As a ministry develops and is now considering building scale, examples might include additional staffing, building renovations, or capital equipment purchases.
The RMC will continue to provide encouragement and support to all grantees while ensuring the proper use of funds and reporting of mission activity to the District Staff.
We wish we were not limited in granting funds to meet all requests, but sadly, this is not the case. The constraints of our District’s budget will require us to live and minister as best we can with the means that are available. We pray that God will bless those funds which are allocated.
Regional Mission Council Information and Applications
The Regional Mission Councils have moved to a floating grant distribution model which begins November 1 and ends October 1. This means that the mission councils will meet quarterly to consider grant requests and evaluate the progress of grant recipients. Please be on time with your applications and progress reports, and be willing to share stories of what God is doing in your ministry.
Council Contact Information
Send your application to the Regional Mission Council chairperson(s) based on the location(s) of your mission. Not sure of your region(s)? Click here for a map of Pacific Southwest District regions.
Region 1 Chairperson: Rev. Keith Jones Region 3 Chairperson: Rev. Aaron Smith
Phone: 805-967-1416 Phone: 760-745-0831
Region 2 Chairperson: Rev. Dr. Mason Okubo Region 4 Chairperson: Rev. Tom Daly
Phone: 626-919-1530 Phone: 623-933-8246
The Innovation Grant is designed to spark missional thinking and experimental projects that aim to reach a new community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Regional Mission Council offers funds up to $5,000 to supplement your budget for such projects. The goal of this application is for you to tell us about your innovative mission project and the plan to implement the idea. Keep in mind that the Regional Mission Council will want to see a project that reaches a new community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ideally the project will act as a test case for a potentially on-going ministry, opening the door to Incubation and Impact granting in the future.
This application is ONLY for Innovation grants in the region your mission is located. If your mission has locations in multiple regions, feel free to apply in those respective regions as well. See below for contact information.
The Incubation Grant is designed to provide necessary support to new mission endeavors resulting in sustained Christian community. The Regional Mission Council offers funds up to $20,000 to supplement your budget for these new mission starts. The goal of this application is for you to tell us about your plans to incubate and sustain this ministry. Keep in mind that the Regional Mission Council will want to see plans that aim at a sustained Christian community anchored in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ideally the new ministry is a result of a successful and innovative project to reach new people in your community. Our prayer is that a well incubated ministry will be ready for scaled growth, and thus Impact granting in the future.
This application is ONLY for Incubation grants in the region your mission is located. If your mission has locations in multiple regions, feel free to apply in those respective regions as well. See below for contact information.
The Impact Grant is designed to offer an emerging ministry significant funding support to build the systems and capacity necessary to grow and sustain a congregation, school, or mission agency. The Regional Mission Council offers funds up to $50,000 to supplement your budget to build your ministry to this kind of scale. Keep in mind that the Regional Mission Council will want to see applications that include detailed plans to further develop sustainable and self-supporting Christian ministry anchored in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ideally this ministry has grown from an innovative idea, well incubated and well poised to keep reaching people in your community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that your ministry will be a healthy model for the inspiration and development of others within our District.
This application is ONLY for Impact grants in the region your mission is located.