The August 23 webinar is an introduction to stewardship for pastors and lay leaders designed for pastors and lay leaders planning an annual pledge campaign, we will explore ways to create an effective campaign. We will reflect on core purpose of a campaign, discuss practical steps leaders can take, and explore creative ideas to design a campaign uniquely suited to your congregation. Join this webinar to develop and strengthen plans for a successful fall campaign.

The October 6 webinar “Don’t Beg – Rethinking the Stewardship Sermon” us a conversation with pastors. Join this Bible study for pastors as we think through options for sermons on Stewardship for a fall pledge campaign. We will be guided by Henri Nouwen’s observation, “Fundraising is precisely the opposite of begging. Rather, we are declaring, ‘We have a vision that is amazing and exciting.’”

Check out a full list of Generosity Outreach Webinars. These single-session webinars are designed to help lay and clergy leaders discuss and address giving in different contexts. Unlike some previous opportunities, these are standalone sessions, not a series of webinars. Engage with each one as you like. Simply click the links in the accompanying document to sign up for these free webinars. The August session will be Annual Campaigns 101.

Extravagant Generosity Videos. This series of videos form the UCC Generosity Outreach Officer, Rev. Andrew Warner, are like a video how-to journey for discussing generosity in your space.

Be inspired by these stories of ministry and mission made possible by our 2020 Heartland Conference Make a Difference Grants.

There are a variety of local, regional and national grants and loans that support seminary and continuing education, new and existing ministries, and a host of other programs.

Seminary Scholarships & Grants

Heartland Conference Ministerial Aid Scholarships (new application window opening soon, check back for online application form)

UCC Ministry Education Scholarships

The Fund for Theological Education

Leadership Development Scholarships

Leadership Development Scholarships help to support United Church of Christ undergraduate students, future seminary professors, African American laywomen, and gifted persons with disabilities, among others.

Heartland Conference Make a Difference Grants (MAD)

Make a Difference Grants (new application window opening soon, check back for online application form)

The purposes for the Make a Difference grants are to assist with networking, capacity building, and ministry enhancement of United Church of Christ congregations in the Heartland Conference.  Special attention may be given to implementation of the 2017-2019 Three Great Loves initiative of the United Church of Christ. Requests may include grants to fund leadership development, congregational ministries, and community outreach ministries.

UCC National Program and Outreach Grants

A wide range of grants to support innovative, entrepreneurial, and empowering ministries and programs are available from the national setting of the United Church of Christ.  Their descriptions and application links may be found by clicking here.

Building Loans & Support

The Cornerstone Fund

Church Building & Loan Fund

New Church/Ministry Funding

New & Renewing Church Funds