Self Development of People is about human dignity, self-reliance and community growth.
A partner in long-term solutions, giving empowerment to people.

Self Development of People Members
Jim Krapf
Thijin Gatwech
Dick Andzenge
Paula Tift
Thalia Taylor

Chair: Jim Krapf

The Committee on The Self-Development of People will:
Conduct its work according to the guidelines of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). There are no exceptions:

  • Developing methods and providing opportunities for educating the presbytery concerning the purpose, availability, and qualification for Self-Development of People funds
  • Increasing awareness of the One Great Hour of Sharing as the financial source for these funds.
  • Soliciting projects to receive the funds and assist in the interpretation of the criteria required to request these funds.
  • Distributing monies received from the presbytery to those projects that the committee deems worthy.


The Self-Development of People Ministry was established by action of the 182nd General Assembly (1970). Self Development of People is a ministry which affirms God's concern for humankind. We are Presbyterian and non-presbytery peopl, dissatisfied with poverty and oppression. United in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling. We participate inthe empowerment of economically poor, oppressed and disadvantaged people seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression, and injustice.


  • Proposals must originate from a group of economically poor, oppressed or disadvantaged people.
  • The proposals must clearly demonstrate that the proposing group will benefit directly from the proposed project. Proposals must define how the project will be controlled by the people it is intended to help.


  • Proposals must clearly show the need to be addressed and the long-term solution being proposed.
  • There is no initial application form. Proposals may be submitted in any form and at any time.
  • Grants are announced after National Committee meetings in January, May and September.


Self-Development is not charity. Rather, it is a ministry in which people join together to share and use the human and material resources God has provided. Self-Development is the freeing of a person to be the kind of person God intended, because all humanity was created in God's image. It is human dignity and worth; it is justice; it is spiritual, social, political, and cultural freedom. It partnerships with those oppressed by poverty, who have decided what they will do to change their situation. It is the Church in action, made possible by the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.