Self Development of People

Self Development of People at Synod of Lakes and PrairiesThe Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website notes: “Self-Development of People is a ministry that affirms God’s concern for humankind. We are Presbyterians and ecumenical partners dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling. We participate in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people, seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and injustice.” The Synod of Lakes and Prairies maintains its own Self Development of People Committee.  To learn more about the PC(USA) Self-Development of People awards and to apply for a grant from the denomination’s committee, click here.

An application form for an SDOP grant from the Synod of Lakes and Prairies can be found in two formats (click on document type for the appropriate form) -- MSWord and PDF. For the current year, the deadline for applications is July 15. If you believe your organization qualifies for funding, we invite you to contact Synod Executive Elona Street-Stewart at estreetstewart[at]

Presbyterians have traditionally valued self-determination. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), through the Self-Development of People ministry, considers this concept a crucial element in turning the tables on despair here and abroad. It affirms the concept demonstrated by Christ and His mission. By His actions, Jesus demonstrated His belief in people as children of a loving God.