Mission and Ministry Funds

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“A Sower went out to sow. . .and some produced abundantly . . .” –Mark 4

God’s Abundance . . .

In one tiny seed. God has stored the miracle of abundance. Planted in good soil, nourished by water and sunlight one seed can produce hundreds. God provides miracles of abundance.

seeds-hand (300x224)Recognizing that the Western North Dakota Synod has been blessed with a living endowment of faithful members with rich gifts and varied talents, the Western North Dakota Synod Endowment Fund was established to enable the further growth and strengthening of ministry and stewardship opportunities in our synod and on behalf of the larger Church. The Endowment Fund consists of two separate  funds as described below:

Ministry Fund – supporting leaders in ministry

Ordination PhotoWe sow the Good News of Jesus Christ through the worship services, outreach in Jesus’ name, and by serving our neighbor. To maintain healthy congregations we need pastors and other rostered leaders willing to serve. On average, seminarians now graduate with more than $40,000 in debt, some with twice that amount. Funding educational debt makes it more likely that leaders will be able to serve in synods like ours where salaries are low.

The Ministry Fund provides

  1. scholarships to seminary students from Western North Dakota who are preparing for rostered ministry in the ELCA.
  2. Debt relief to rostered leaders who are called to serve congregations and ministries of the Western North Dakota Synod.

Applications:

Making a Gift:

If you would like to make a gift, please make your check payable to “WND Synod Ministry Fund” and send it to: Western North Dakota Synod, PO Box 370, Bismarck, ND 58501.

If you are making this gift in honor or in memory of someone, we are happy to send an acknowledgment to the individual or family.  Simply include who the gift is given in honor or memory of and include the address you would like acknowledgement sent to.

Mission Fund – planting new ministry initiatives in our synod

QuiltingThe Mission Fund was established in 2010  to provide for mission opportunities in congregations and ministries of the Western North Dakota Synod and ministries associated with the Western North Dakota Synod. 2013 marked the first year the fund had reached the level of $25,000, allowing the first grant to be awarded to a group of quilters from the southwest corner of the synod who started a new quilting ministry at the North Dakota Women’s Correctional Facility. Congregations and other ministries of the synod are invited to apply for grants generated by the fund’s income to provide seed money for mission initiatives that will serve others in local communities and around the world.

Applications:

Making a Gift:

If you would like to make a gift, please make your check out to the “WND Synod Mission Fund” and send it to: Western North Dakota Synod, PO Box 370, Bismarck, ND 58501.

If you are making this gift in honor or in memory of someone, we are happy to send an acknowledgment to the individual or family.  Simply include who the gift is given in honor or memory of and include the address you would like acknowledgement sent to.