It is not too late to announce to churches the matching grant season currently accepting 2009 Lent applications. New this quadrennium are requirements for welcoming certification and training. All recipients will be instructed to have completed both before grants are awarded. Past evaluations have proven that churches with efforts in one or both certification and welcoming training have a significant increase in attendance. We see this new shift as the best way to optimize media dollars and benefits.

Cluster buys and conference-wide buys will be handled with similar mandates, but with more flexibility in reaching the grant requirements.

Grant applications can be obtained by visiting, and clicking on "matching grants."

To speak to a member of the staff, please call toll-free 877-281-6535 or e-mail, Media services and media placement are offered as service at no charge for United Methodist congregations.