Urban & Metro Ministries

Urban Ministries Coordinator

Rev. William Brawner


Urban Alliance & Urban Initiative grants

The Urban Commission of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference will award grants to assist in funding Urban Alliances or Urban Church Initiatives. Churches in 10 urban areas can apply for Eastern PA Conference Urban Ministry grants by May 30, 2019.

Learn more:  Application for Urban Alliance / Urban Initiative Grants [.doc]

Office of Urban Ministries

The Urban Office is strengthening its capacity to re-invigorate urban ministry and to be a relevant source of information and support to urban congregations.

About Urban Ministries

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference includes some of the most historic population centers in the country, including Philadelphia, Chester and Reading. Since its founding in 1784, the Conference and its predecessors have been fully committed to working in ministry in each of our urban centers. Continue reading about Urban Ministries in Eastern Pennsylvania

Comprehensive Urban Strategy

In 2012, the Annual Conference adopted a Comprehensive Urban Ministry Strategic Plan which had been designed and proposed by the Urban Commission. The Plan presents a broad outline for a forward direction in Conference urban ministry. A brief summary of the Strategic plan is available here, as well as the full downloadable document.

Urban Ministry Fund

The Urban Commission acts as steward for an Urban Ministry Fund which is used for ongoing programmatic support as well as for ministry initiatives. Learn more

United Methodist Metro Ministries, Inc.
Urban Commission


United Methodist Metro Ministries, Inc.
Building Repair Grant Application

UMMM will receive applications two times per year with submissions due on March 15 and September 15.  UMMM has limited funds and seeks to fund the most compelling projects that demonstrate high impact on the life of the congregation and/or the community it serves.  Congregations are limited to one Building Repair Grant per calendar year.  If your application was not approved for funding during the first funding cycle you are invited to apply again during the second funding cycle.

Make sure you obtain your District Superintendent’s recommendation prior to submitting the application.

All grant applications must be marked: ATTENTION: METRO GRANT.

Please submit applications to:
The Office of Director of Connectional Ministries
P.O. Box 820
Valley Forge, PA  19482-0820

Questions and comments should be directed to:

Rev. Robin Hynicka
55 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The recipients of the first cycle of Metro Ministries building repair grants are:
  • Mother Zoar UMC, Philadelphia
  • Arch Street UMC, Philadelphia
  • Grace Community UMC, Philadelphia
  • Wharton Wesley UMC, Philadelphia
  • Tindley Temple UMC, Philadelphia
  • St. Daniels UMC, Chester


The Congregational Development Resource Team and The Urban Commission are partnered to bring MissionInsite to the local churches of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.  We are licensed for one primary user from each local church to access the database. Learn more

Urban Ministry News & Information