MUNCIE, Ind. – The 2010 Indiana Annual Conference session chartered the Movie Theater Church, a ministry of Old Bethel UMC in Indianapolis, and the New Song Fellowship of First United Methodist Church of Valparaiso with 230 members.

“Get wet, get dirty, connect with people the good news of Jesus Christ,” said Kurt Nichols, pastor of New Song, during the chartering of his church.

The conference does have grants for your congregations to create a new congregation. Church Development grants from the Indiana Conference can provide Indiana United Methodist congregations partial funding for certain outreach efforts. These efforts all involve the development of a strong new faith community designed to reach unreached population groups. Congregations are encouraged to contact the Indiana Conference Church Development team if interested in applying. Here are the five grants being offered:

  • New Campus/Off-site Congregation Grant,
  • New Church Grant,
  • New Worship Service Grant,
  • Relocation Grant/Loan, and the
  • Vital Merger Grant.

For more information, visit and click on Church Development.