Church Plant Seed Fund Criteria

Northern Gospel Project has appointed a panel of six people to review applications for funding from the Church Plant Seed Fund in May each year. Grants can be made of up to £25,000 to be paid in annual instalments over two years for churches who plan to plant in Manchester.

The sustainability of the Church Plant Seed Fund depends upon the willingness of recipients to repay funds once they are financially sustainable. We therefore ask all recipients to pay-back the grant to the fund over a period of 7 years commencing 12 months after receipt of their last grant payment.

The Planter

  • Must demonstrate godly character consistent with 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1
  • Must be in full agreement with the Evangelical Alliance’s doctrinal basis
  • Must demonstrate commitment to gospel-centered DNA as described in Keller,
    Center Church
  • Must show that they are a self-starter who leads with vision and has a track
    record of bringing people with them
  • Must demonstrate that they are gifted in and passionate about sharing Christ
  • Must demonstrate self-knowledge and reflection with an awareness of weakness
    and areas where they desire to grow
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to remaining in a healthy spiritual environment
    of care and accountability

The Church Plant Proposal

  • A compelling case for why a church should be planted in the particular area
  • A clear vision for who the church is seeking to reach and how the church will
    reach them
  • Evidence of how the planter will gather a launch team and careful reflection on
    who they need
  • A plan for discipleship and leadership development
  • A coherent model for church polity which ensures appropriate transparency and
    accountability for the church leadership
  • A proven commitment to ensuring legal, regulatory and safeguarding compliance
  • A plan for financial sustainability or a plausible explanation of why financial
    sustainability will not be reached and how this will be managed
  • A plan for supporting and resourcing future church planting

Conditions of the grant

  • Must Receive church planter training through either the City to City Incubator or
  • Must be coached by a qualified coach for the first two years
  • Must join one of the Planters Collectives in Manchester
  • Must complete an annual report

Submit your application here 

Deadline for applications: 31-May-2024