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. It was established using assets from the sale of real estate previously occupied by Bustleton UMC and Simpson Memorial UMC. In 2012, the fund was been designated by the Annual Conference to receive assets from the sale of buildings of closed congregations in urban centers with a population of greater than 50,000 so that the UM Discipline’s commitment to keeping those assets in urban ministry is maintained. (¶ 2544, 2012 Book of Discipline). This resource will also grow and its use expand as additional sources of funding become available.

From 2013-2015, the Urban Ministry Fund has:

  • Supplied $250,000 for the Partners for Sacred Places initiative
  • Offered incentive grants totaling $16,500 to 11 of the congregations involved in the Partners project
  • Provided a $10,000 grant to the building fund to re-establish Mid-Town Parish in North Philadelphia
  • Supplemented the Urban Commission operating budget to hire consultants and reopen the Urban Office
  • Made small loans to merging congregations trying to sell buildings