Congregations Commission

The Congregations Commission is focused on building and supporting vital congregations in the Diocese of Chicago. The Commission accomplishes this work through dispensing and monitoring a variety of grants, providing assessment tools, connecting congregations with the appropriate members of the bishop’s staff for help with increasing vitality, including leadership development, strategic planning, worship enrichment, Christian formation, stewardship, and other areas of congregational life. The Commission also offers periodic training events.

Congregational Tools and Resources

Looking for web-based resources, forms, and congregational tools? Check out the Congregational Tools section of the site.

2019 Vitality Grant Applications

Applications for 2019 vitality grants are now available. To apply for a grant, please read the cover letter from the co-chairs of the Congregations Commission, available in English and in Spanish, and down the application form, also available in either English or Spanish.

Please note that these grants are geared toward congregations who need financial assistance to provide vital ministry and outreach in their congregation and community. The Congregations Commission will review applications from all mission congregations, and from parishes with limited resources. Please also note that grants are not available for building improvement/maintenance needs.

The Congregations Commission offers vitality grants to congregations that are using their gifts to sustain their mission and ministry and are making a difference in their communities. Please contact Louisa McKellaston with questions.

Congregations Commission Liaison Assignments

If you are looking for the Congregations Commission member associated with your congregation, please email Louisa McKellaston.


2018 Vitality Grants

Vitality grants for 2018 have been awarded. Applications for 2019 vitality grants will be available late summer of 2018. 

Congregations receiving grants and their award amounts are below.

St. Helena/Santa Elena, Burr Ridge: $25,000

El Cristo Rey, Chicago: $35,000

Messiah St. Bartholomew, Chicago: $15,000

Nuestra Senora de las Americas, Chicago: $25,000

Santa Teresa, Chicago: $30,000

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Chicago: $15,000

St. George & St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Chicago: $25,000

St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Chicago: $30,000

St. Andrew Pentecost Episcopal Church, Evanston $10,000

Grace Episcopal Church, Galesburg: $5,000

Sagrada Familia, Lake Villa: $35,000

St. George's Episcopal Church, Macomb: $15,000

Church of the Good Shepherd, Momence: $5,000

Grace Episcopal Church, New Lenox: $25,000

One in Christ Episcopal Church, Prospect Heights: $5,000

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Warsaw: $5,000