New Church Development

Our Mission: To support the creation of new places for new people and a culture supportive of new church development.

Contact the Chair of the New Church Development Committee, Rev. Blossom Matthews –

New Church Development Micro-Grants

Anyone who has a creative idea for reaching people for Jesus Christ is welcome to pitch it to the New Church Development Committee.  You may not receive $5K but we can get you started.  You can strengthen a program or group already at your church or reach people in your community that you’ve identified as having a need you might be able to meet.  You can lift up a leader with gifts and graces.  Questions or need more information?  Contact Dustin McEwen at

New Church Development Mini-Grants

Mini-Grant applications are in keeping with the purpose of developing New Places for New People through the NM Annual Conference. Mini-Grant requests are viewed as a part of the commitment to foster creative, bold and extraordinary means or ways for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ for all people.

The Mini-Grant process requires that individuals/churches develop vision for reaching out to others in new and creative ways. It is in this effort that the Mini-Grant will be a funding source to support those projects.

The New Church Development Committee will respond to requests within 3-5 months after the Mini-Grant Proposal/Request has been received. Start date for projects should reflect time of discernment for necessary support and accountability to be put into place by the NCDC.

NCDC Mini Grant Form

Current Church Plants

The NM Conference supports several new church plants including:
Good Medicine Way, ABQ
The Bridge, Odessa: click here
The Ridge, El Paso: click here
X-ile Blues Church
Community of Hope: click here

For more information on collaborative UMC leadership for new church starts visit