Spark Tank Episodes

Mt. Zion UMC and The Gathering at Anna UMC

Casa Emanu-El UMC and Button Memorial UMC

PJC Wesley Center and Whaley UMC

The Village UMC and Good Shepherd UMC


What is Spark Tank?

Spark Tank is an innovative funding event focused on sparking ideas for reaching new people across the North Texas Conference. Do you have an idea for reaching new people but need some funding to get the idea off the ground? Is your idea innovative? Does it connect with people in your community that are not part of your church? Does it make new disciples? 

If your answer to those questions is “Yes” then submit your application for an opportunity to pitch your idea to a group of NTC peers for a chance to receive a grant for your idea. 

Benchmarks that MUST be in the proposal:

  • How does this new space reach new people?
  • What is the regular rhythm for gathering (we are not looking to fund one-time events the new space must meet regularly)?
  • How will your new space make disciples?

Non-semifinalists will be evaluated to see if they qualify for a NFNS microgrant ($500 or $1,000 if it reaches underrepresented population).

The next Spark Tank will be in December 2023.


2022 Spark Tank Participants

  • Senior Ministry by Good Shepherd UMC
  • The Sacred Table by Whaley UMC
  • The Loft by Casa Emanu-El UMC
  • Reflection Kayaks by Paris Junior College Wesley Center
  • Bridging the Gap by Mount Zion UMC
  • Buttons and Bow Foster Closet by Button Memorial UMC
  • The Taste of Anna by First Anna UMC
  • Healthcare in Worship by The Village UMC

2021 Spark Tank Participants

  • Church in the Oculus by Kavanaugh UMC
  • Eat.Drink.Argue. by St. Paul UMC
  • Farm-to-Table by Owenwood Farm & Neighbor Space (White Rock UMC)
  • Ikana by Shady Grove UMC
  • Leadership Cohort by First UMC Dallas
  • Shelter ReImagined by First UMC Mabank 
  • Waste Not-Want Not! by Glen Oaks UMC
  • Neighbors by Christ UMC Plano and First UMC Allen
  • Summer "Tings" by Church of the Disciple
  • The Traveling Hope Showcase by Wheatland UMC
  • Vida en Plenitud (Life in Abundance) by Christ's Foundry
  • Home Church by Trietsch Memorial UMC