NextStep Priority Advance Grant


NextStep Priority Advance Grant

The South Carolina Baptist Convention’s Church Leadership and Administration Office is pleased to offer financial assistance to churches of NextStep participants who engage in catalytic and strategic initiatives. Matching Grants, up to $1,000, are available to churches led by a NextStep participant who engages in a priority advance project.

Criteria for Grant consideration include the following.

1. Projects must align with one or more of the following priority advancement categories.

Strong Projects develop a disciple-making culture inside the walls of the church to better fulfill the Great Commission outside the walls of the church through leadership development, ministry creation, or expansion.

Serve Projects help churches develop relationships and love their neighbors by actively serving their needs by adding value to the local community.

Share Projects use relationships to share the hope of the gospel to lead neighbors to Christ and disciple them in a life-on-life fashion to become fully devoted Christ-followers.

Send Projects focus on enlisting, equipping, and sending Christ-followers into the harvest to engage the unreached in the community, the state, and around the world.

Start Projects engage in activity to establish/re-establish new work among unreached people and places that lead to new or revitalized congregations.

2. A NextStep participant must provide leadership to the project or initiative.

3. Only one grant will be awarded to a church per calendar year. Grants will not be awarded
for the same project in a subsequent year to avoid an unhealthy dependence on sources
outside the church. A church may apply for subsequent grants for new projects each year.

4. Grants will be awarded as funds are available and will be made payable to the church.

5. Only complete applications will be considered. Approved applications will be awarded upon receipt of an after-action-report.

Strong applications will include projects that:

    • identify, enlist, equip, or empower leaders to serve the church more effectively in fulfilling its mission and vision;
    • fulfills the function of the church (evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry/missions, worship, and prayer); or,
    • leads to numerical growth, spiritual growth, ministry expansion, or Kingdom advancement.


Projects that can be measured with a specified timeframe for completion, as opposed to ongoing initiatives, will receive a higher priority for funding. Capital requests, such as vehicles, property, materials, etc. will only be considered for funding if they directly support ministry-specific criteria.

Approved NextStep Priority Advance Grants

Grants have been awarded to the following NextStep participants and churches.

NextStep Participant Brandon Jones
Church Cedar Grove Community Church
City Conway
Association Waccamaw
Project Title Back to School Bash
Project Type Serve Project
Grant Amount $1,000
NextStep Participant Kevin Masey
Church New Salam Baptist Church
City Sumter
Association Santee
Project Title Community Connection
Project Type Serve/Share/Start Project
Grant Amount $1,000
NextStep Participant Billy Carlisle
Church Summerton Baptist Church
City Summerton
Association Santee
Project Title Mexico Mission Trip
Project Type Strong/Send/Serve Project
Grant Amount $500
NextStep Participant Jonathan Bradshaw
Church Long Brang Baptist Church
City Dalzell
Association Santee
Project Title Operation Military Housing Access
Project Type Strong/Share/Start Project
Grant Amount $750
NextStep Participant David Shirley
Church Beaverdam Association
City Seneca
Association Beaverdam
Project Title Community Back to School Supplies
Project Type Serve Project
Grant Amount $1,000
NextStep Participant Brian Hopkins
Church Mt Freedom
City Mountain Rest
Association Beaverdam
Project Title Kentucky Mission Cooperative
Project Type Strong/Serve/Share/SendProject
Grant Amount $1,000