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Community Developers Program

Global Ministries is engaged in a variety of programs to nurture and sustain community organizations. Through financial assistance, volunteer skills, economic development, advocacy and material resources, Global Ministries creates new initiatives to support the lives of women, children, youth, families and older adults. 


The Community Developers Program (CDP) is a network of racial-ethnic congregations and communities throughout the United States committed to advancing the church’s capacity to be in mission in partnership with the communities where they are located. Work includes advocacy, economic development, youth organizing, addressing local needs, creating awareness of national and international causes and effects.

The CDP network currently has 22 active sites throughout the United States. CDP site focus areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Small business development
  • STEM
  • Transitional housing
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Addiction
  • Financial literacy
  • Homelessness
  • Racial equity
  • Life skills
  • Immigration
  • Education
  • Affordable housing
  • Literacy
  • Health and wellness

Each CDP site employs a community developer to work with the community, as well as serve as a liaison between the community and the church. Up to 10 sites can be accepted into the program each year. For more information, please email Dana Lyles at


Global Ministries provides seed grants ($10,000) to assist churches in discerning possible programming in the local community. Grant funds can be used for, but not limited to, the following activities:

  • Community mapping
  • Recruiting volunteers to work towards making systemic changes
  • Congregation and community engagement
  • Asset-based community development
  • Community assessment
  • Advocacy and social justice
  • Creating and expanding community partnerships

Global Ministries also provides salary/stipend support for five years to strengthen capacity for racial/ethnic United Methodist Congregations to move beyond the planning phase to implementation. Grant salary supports are disbursed using the following schedule:

  • 1st year: $15,000
  • 2nd year: $15,000
  • 3rd year: $15,000
  • 4th year: $12,000
  • 5th year: $10,000