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3E: Educate, Equip, Enact

Educate, Equip, Enact (3E), the Rocky Mountain Synod’s three-year, $500,000 Lilly Endowment has reached some significant goals!

View the video about the impact of Lilly Endowment grants

In 2018, 83 pastors and deacons entered the process to receive grants through 3E’s Ministerial Excellence Fund (MEF). These grants increase capacity for healthy ministry by alleviating education, credit card, or medical debt and helping supplement retirement savings or continuing education. In 2017, we awarded $25,000 in MEF grants; in 2018, we awarded $237,390!  Because of applications currently in process, our final grant awards will be made in early 2019. Because of this, new MEF grant applications can no longer be accepted.   Video of 2018 MEF story

Another 3E program that has experienced tremendous growth in 2018 is Stewardship for All Seasons (SAS). 3E was designed for participation of 60 congregations. In 2017, 14 congregations participated in Cohort 1. In 2018, 18 are in Cohort 2. In 2019, 28 congregations will join Cohort 3. Even though we have reached 60 congregations, we invite you to inquire about SAS by contacting SAS Coordinator Deb Elstad (, who maintains a waitlist in the case a congregation needs to withdraw. Video of 2018 SAS story

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.  

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Pr. Michael Tassler
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Educate, Equip, Enact Positions
 - Leadership Team
 - Fiscal Wellness Advocates
 - Fiscal Wellness Grants Board 
 - Task Force on Systemic Economic Issues

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