Lay Leadership Development


Lay Leadership Development Scholarship

The Great Plains Conference is making available funding for lay persons wishing to further develop their leadership and/or discipleship skills. These funds are available to any lay person in the Great Plains Conference. The only qualification is that they must not be clergy. Lay servants at all levels are also eligible for this financial support but these scholarships are not to be used for Basic or Advanced LSM courses or CLM training. An example event might be the Leadership Institute offered by the Church of the Resurrection. To apply for the scholarship, complete the application form “Laity Leadership Development Scholarship Application” found at:


Lay Leadership Development Endowment Fund

An endowment fund has been established to perpetuate funds for Lay Leadership Development Scholarships beyond the initial grant supported project. Our goal is $100,000 to be placed in an endowment to support scholarships for at least 20 lay persons seeking advanced training.

The endowment will be managed by the Nebraska UMC Foundation. Funds for the scholarships are matched with conference mission shares dollars. Contributions can be made in several ways such as credit card, check, or consider dedication to a long term plan such as $200/year for 5 years which results in a total of $1000. 

Contributions are made through the Nebraska Foundation:

Nebraska United Methodist Foundation
100 W. Fletcher Ave, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68521
Phone 402-323-8844
Toll-Free 877-495-5545
Fax 402-323-8840


Pathways for Discipleship Grants

The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation provides support to advance the ministries of the United Methodist Church throughout the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Pathways for Discipleship Funds of the Foundation provides United Methodist Churches, individuals and families with the opportunity to support areas which reflect their personal interests and values. In addition to named funds that would memorialize individuals and families, gifts to these Pathways for Discipleship Funds may be restricted within these fund purposes or, with approval, may target selected purposes within a general fund.

The gifts of generosity are a marvelous way of exercising one’s faith in order to expand God’s kingdom. The Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation continues to expand its programs to assist United Methodists in making a lasting contribution to the ministries of the Church. If you would like to make a difference within one of these Pathways for Discipleship Funds, click "give" for an online donation, send a check to the Foundation Office, or contact the Kansas Area United Methodist Foundation about other ways to give.

Learn more and apply for a grant.