Nov. 30 is deadline for churches & districts to apply for $10,000 'Community Transformation Grant'


The Turner Center at Martin Methodist College (MMC) in Pulaski, Tennessee, is seeking proposals from rural United Methodist churches and districts in the Memphis Conference for a one-time, $10,000 Community Transformation Grant.

The application and list of eligible, rural congregations is available online at
Congregations in rural communities have the potential to lead meaningful transformation. By intentionally focusing on a community transformation project, congregations are invited to think deeply about how they bear witness to, cultivate, announce, and invite their communities to participate in the Kingdom of God.
“We recognize that rural congregations are often some of the oldest and most stable leaders in their communities, and we want to empower them to transform their communities in meaningful ways,” said Rev. Allen Stanton, executive director of the Turner Center. “We also know that these congregations help transform their communities in many different ways—by addressing specific needs related to hunger or literacy or by helping local artists showcase what makes their community unique. Whatever the project might be, we hope it will be a reminder that our rural communities are places of joy, life, and promise.”
The successful proposal will offer a creative program that shows a clear understanding of the context in which the church or District work will take place, offers a creative and meaningful approach to leading community transformation, and demonstrates a commitment to discovering the gifts of our rural spaces. Additionally, the successful proposal will meet all eligibility criteria, have evidence of support from key partners, and demonstrate a clear plan for how the grant will be implemented. Grant proposals are due by Nov. 30, 2018.
Churches and district leaders are encouraged to contact the Turner Center for more information at, or by phone at 931-424-7347.
The Turner Center at Martin Methodist College is committed to cultivating thriving rural communities in South Central Tennessee and beyond. Established by an endowed gift from Cal Turner Jr., the Turner Center supports leaders in the church and community who serve rural Tennessee.