The purpose of the Board of Missions is primarily to fund and support new church starts in Northern Virginia. Additionally, the board supports volunteers in mission teams, Wesley Housing, college ministries and funds evangelism grants for existing churches.

Northern VA Board of Missions Bylaws (PDF)

Part of what the Northern VA Board of Missions does is evaluate grant requests from the Arlington and Alexandria Districts.

What is an Evangelism Grant?

The Alexandria-Arlington Districts of the United Methodist Church in Northern Virginia Evangelism Initiative Grants for 2017-18

The Northern Virginia Board of Missions is pleased to offer grants to support local church evangelism initiatives. Grants will run between $250 – $750.

The purpose of the Evangelism Initiative Grants is to increase the local church’s connection with their community so that disciples can be made for the transformation of the world. The grant is intended to supplement a church’s evangelism budget and allowing the evangelism team to dream big and “go the extra mile.”

While we encourage “outside of the box” evangelism efforts, we expect most initiatives to be a form of Community Outreach Event or special seasonal initiative that connects a church to the local community. It is critical that these events and initiatives create connections with the community opening opportunities to develop relationships. (Be sure to provide their names. Consider follow-up events. Include invitations. Focus on the “long haul.”)

The Evangelism Initiative Grants are offered as one of many tools to use to be faithful to our call to go out into the world making disciples in the name of Jesus Christ. Churches who apply for Evangelism Initiative Grants are expected to already be engaging in evangelism, hospitality, and discipleship ministries as part of a comprehensive focus on making disciples in their context.

Please note: Only on-time, completed applications will be considered. Priority will be given to churches of limited financial means, who also demonstrate significant lay involvement and enthusiasm for their initiative. Send a hard copy or electronic version of the completed application and accompanying documentation to the Bi‐District office (see below) by October 30, 2017. Grants will be awarded November 15, 2017.

Apply for an Evangelism Grant HERE or by using the form below.

Completed Grant Applications are due to the Bi‐District Office by October 30, 2017.

Cynthia Lopynski
Bi-District Program Coordinator 703‐820‐7200 (fax 703‐845‐8147)


Apply for an Evangelism Initiative Grant

Note: While this form is usable via mobile phone, it does work best from a computer. 


Requested Written Reports from Grant Recipients

One Time Grants (Evangelism/Fishing Expedition):

  • one follow-up report requested
  • approximately 6 months after the funds were used
  • Questions to answer:
    • how were the funds used?  (any changes from what was proposed in the grant?)
    • what was the impact of the event or mailing?
    • any lessons learned that would be helpful to other churches?

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission:

  • one follow-up report requested
  • approximately 1 month after the trip
  • Questions to answer:
    • how many people went on this trip?
    • was this the first mission trip for any group members?
    • how many different UMCs were represented in this group?  which UMCs?
    • what did you do?

New Faith Community:

  • reports requested throughout the 42 months the NOVA BOM disburses funds
  • a report is requested each time the BOM meets
  • pre-launch reports
    • introduce the vision for the NFC
    • brief report of planter activities and status of launch team
  • post-launch reports
    • attach EVC report of attendance, small groups, offering and POF
    • share a short anecdote of recent ministry activity or POF