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 2023 NextStep Priority Advance Grants

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

NextStep Participant Ronny Byrd
Church Palmetto Shores Church
City Myrtle Beach
Association Waccamaw
Project Title Mission Trip to Zambia
Project Type Serve/Share/Strong Project
Grant Amount $1,000
Awarded $1,000
NextStep Participant John Sorrells
Church Rocky Knoll Baptist Church
City Walhalla
Association Beaverdam
Project Title ADVANCE 23
Project Type Share Project
Grant Amount $1,000
Awarded $1,000
NextStep Participant Clint Carter
Church Cedarwood Community Church
City Waterloo
Association Laurens
Project Title Community July 4th Celebration
Project Type Share/Serve Project
Grant Amount $1,000
Awarded $1,000
NextStep Participant Christopher Moss
Church Cross HIll Fellowship
City Westminister
Association Beaverdam
Project Title Harvest Fest 2023
Project Type Share/Start Project
Grant Amount $1,000
Awarded $1,000
NextStep Participant Andrew Taylor
Church Emmanuel Baptist Church
City Manning
Association Santee
Project Title Alive in the Age of Worry
Project Type Share/Strong/Send Project
Grant Amount $1,000
Awarded $950.74
NextStep Participant Tim Simpson
Church Crosspoint
City Sumter
Association Santee
Project Title Maine Mission Trip
Project Type Serve/Send Project
Grant Amount $1,000
Awarded $1,000
NextStep Participant Ron Taylor
Church Hickory Road Baptist Church
City Sumter
Association Santee
Project Title Church Renovations & Testimony Dinner
Project Type Strong/Start Project
Grant Amount $1,000
NextStep Participant James Porter
Church Open Arms Fellowship
City Hampton
Association Hampton Allendale
Project Title Coats for the City
Project Type Share/Send Project
Grant Amount $1,000
Awarded 1,000
NextStep Participant Kevin Massey
Church New Salem Baptist
City Sumter
Association Santee
Project Title Community Connection Phase 2
Project Type Start Project
Grant Amount $1,000
Awarded $1,000