Urban & Metro Ministries

Rev. William Brawner
Urban Ministries Coordinator

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

Urban Commission

Urban Ministry Grants

The Conference Urban Ministry Office and Urban Commission strive to help reinvigorate and build capacity for effective ministry in our various urban areas by providing information, expertise, encouragement, funding and connectional support to urban congregations. The Commission awards two types of grants—both named the Herbert E. Palmer Award for Urban Ministry—to eligible, innovative, outreach-focused churches. The grants are named in honor of a longtime, faithful conference leader in this arena of ministry.

Urban Alliance Grants support alliances of two or more congregations working together in collaborative ministries, preferably with community and civic partners.  Urban Alliances, because they involve multiple partners, may apply for funding up to $6,000.

Urban Church Initiative Grants support new or expanding ministries within individual urban congregations. Local churches may apply for funding up to $2,500.

Grant funds may not be used to pay salaries or for any existing building expenses, maintenance or repairs, including those caused by natural calamities.

Urban Commission Grant Application – 2020

United Methodist Metro Ministries, Inc.
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

 UMMM Grant Application Form

Questions and Comments should be directed to: Rev. Eric W. Carr, Jr., 315 Edwards St. , Chester, PA 19013, or pastorewcarr@gmail.com.

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

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