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3E: Educate, Equip, Enact

What's Next for 3E: Educate, Equip, Enact
Another 3 years!

The Rocky Mountain Synod was invited to extend and expand its 3E programs for a second three-year Lilly grant period beginning January 2020.  We are seeking to extend the ministry and impulse of our work in 3E to greater levels of contact and influence.  This includes engaging the Grand Canyon Synod as a partner.  We proposed designing Phase II around 3 primary “grant pillars” to include:

  1. Stewardship for All Seasons (SAS) and extending it into a 3-year series of program offerings.
  2. Ministerial Excellence Fund (MEF) providing various grants to rostered ministers to help develop stronger financial literacy skills and direct aid.
  3. Vital Right-Sized Ministry, a new grant pillar, engaging both rostered ministers and congregations/ministries of the Synod to explore how the Spirit may be calling forth a new vision for ministry.

How can you provide needed support for 3E?

A requirement from Lilly Endowment for a Phase II grant hinges on the match of each individual Lilly dollar received. The goal for fundraising for 3E beginning January 2020 is $350,000 as the RMS portion of this Phase II grant. We have realized the goals and fundraising of the first three-year 3E Lilly grant initiative and are grateful for your participation and support.  We have more to do. Prepare to join us. 

We thank all in the Rocky Mountain Synod for helping keep the 3E momentum going!  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.  

If you are interested in learning more about 3E, contact Program Director Pastor Michael Tassler

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Pr. Michael Tassler
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Educate, Equip, Enact Positions
 - Leadership Team
 - Fiscal Wellness Advocates
 - Fiscal Wellness Grants Board 

Educate, Equip, Enact is part of the Lilly Endowment’s “National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders,” begun in 2015 and sharing grants of more than $28 million to a wide variety of Christian organizations across the nation.

These grants were awarded to help pastoral leaders develop stronger financial literacy skills and provide direct aid to help these leaders reduce or eliminate education debt, participate in pension programs, pay off extraordinary medical bills, and address other financial challenges. The grants support a variety of church-related institutions from diverse traditions: denominational pension and benefits boards; local and regional denomination judicatories, such as synods and dioceses; and denominational foundations.

To learn more about this Lilly Endowment initiative, visit