For Synods and Presbyteries


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has regional entities which are also called Middle Governing Bodies (MGB).  All congregations in a geographic area belong to an MGB known as a presbytery.  There are a total of 173 presbyteries.  All the Presbyteries in a geographic area belong to an MGB known as a synod.  There are a total of 17 Synods. All presbyteries and synods together make up the General Assembly, or national Presbyterian Church.

Self-Development of People (SDOP) is a national ministry.  Some presbyteries and synods also have Self-Development of People ministries, which make grants in their areas. If there are SDOP committees in the presbytery and synod in which an applicant is located, the project can simultaneously apply to all three levels (presbytery, synod, and General Assembly/national).


How to establish a new SDOP Committee

How to establish a new SDOP Committee

  • Minimum five members
  • Majority racial ethnic
  • Majority Presbyterian denomination
  • Chair must be Presbyterian
  • No waiver available
  • Either a governing body staff person must meet with the committee or the chair must be a clergy person

Workshop (every three years)

  • New committees must have a workshop to be certified.
  • The majority of the members must attend the workshop for it to be valid.

Certification cycle (three years)

  •  The Certification Application needs to be fully completed and readable.
  • The certified committee will receive a letter informing it of the amount available to fund projects for the current year.
  • The committee does not need to resubmit the application for the second and third year of the certification cycle. A letter will be sent with the amount available to fund projects for the second and third year.
  • For the next certification cycle the committee will receive a letter informing it of the date to submit a new Certification Application.

Certification Application


Payment

Send to the Louisville office for each funded project:

Project Evaluation form

Request for Payment form

Deadline: October 1 (every year).


Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People Task Force Regions by state, synod and presbytery

Download the list

To find out if your Presbytery and/or Synod has a SDOP committee  please call the national SDOP office at our toll free number (800) 728-722, x5782


Synod and presbytery forms

Are you a presbytery or synod SDOP committee member?  If so, please visit the Committee Members (Regional) page to download necessary forms and read about the experience of other presbytery/synod SDOP committees.


Additional Funders

This list of organizations should be contacted directly for more information regarding their funding standards.

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Synods and Presbyteries are geographical regions in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  All projects in the United States will be located within the bounds of both a Presbytery (there are 173 Presbyteries in the United Sates) and a Synod (there are 16 Synods in the United States).

While not all Synods and Presbyteries have SDOP Committees, many do.  If a project is in a Presbytery/Synod with a SDOP Committee, applications for funding can be submitted to the Presbytery and/or Synod SDOP Committee as well as to the National SDOP Committee, as long as money from each source will be used to finance different parts of your project.

Grants from Presbytery or Synod SDOP Committees are usually smaller than ones from the National SDOP Committee.  Presbytery and Synod SDOP Committees may have a different application form than National SDOP, and (unlike National SDOP) may also have application deadlines. You’ll need to contact the Presbytery or Synod directly to learn about their application process.  To find out if your Presbytery and Synod have a SDOP Committee, and to learn how to contact them, call the national SDOP office at (800) 728-7228, x5791.

SDOP Mid Council Listing

Download

Current Certification status report
 

Certification Application

SDOP Mid Council certification_application_revised_04_04_2016 (Word)

Project Evaluation

Mid Council project evaluation_revised_04_04_2016 (PDF)

SDOP Mid Council projectevaluation_revised_04_04_2016 (Word)

Request for Payment

Mid Council payment_request_form_revised_04_04_2016 (PDF)

SDOP Mid Council payment_request_form_revised_04_04_2016 (Word)


Presbyterian Self-Development of People Task Force regions by state, synod and presbytery

Download the list

To find out if your Presbytery and/or Synod has a SDOP committee  please call the national SDOP office at our toll free number (800) 728-722, x5782


Additional Funders

This list of organizations should be contacted directly for more information regarding their funding standards.

additional_funders_list