During the Phase I grant period(2017-2019,102 rostered ministers and candidates applied to receive grants through 3E’s Ministerial Excellence Fund (MEF). These grants increased capacity for healthy ministry by alleviating education, credit card, or medical debt and helped supplement retirement savings or continuing education. All in all, we awarded $301,500 in MEF grants! Also, 30 rostered ministers received scholarships to attend California Lutheran University's (CLU) Executive Skills for Church Leaders course. Video of MEF story
Another 3E program that experienced tremendous growth is Stewardship for All Seasons (SAS). 3E Stewardship was designed for participation of 60 congregations to participate in Stewardship for All Seasons. We reached that goal! In 2017, 14 congregations participated in Cohort 1, 18 in Cohort 2 in 2018, and in 2019, 28 congregations began Cohort 3 just prior to Synod Assembly May 2019. All congregations who completed SAS reported very successful campaigns and more importantly a renewal in their focus on ministry initiatives and increased generosity. Video of SAS story
We thank all in the Rocky Mountain Synod for helping to keep the 3E momentum going throughout Phase 1! Our goal is nothing less than the transformation of the Synod’s culture around money. 3E has become integrated with many ministry initiatives in our Synod and continues to serve as a catalyst for change. As recipients of God’s abundance for the sake of the world, we are on the road together toward greater generosity and financial health in Christ.
3E points to the anticipated primary outcome of this program: greater awareness, understanding, and affirmation of the inseparability of financial wellness FOR rostered ministers and congregations and WITH participating in God’s mission and promised future. We’re in this together!
3E is an invitation to participate more fully in our work together. The Ministry Excellence Fund received seed money from the Lilly Endowment, but the future of the 3E depends on generous individuals and congregations who recognize our partnership and give out of their abundance to support others.