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Ministerial Excellence Fund

The Ministerial Excellence Fund is a sign of the partnership we share in ministry in the Rocky Mountain Synod.  Funds have been contributed by generous congregations and individuals who understand that we share a common purpose, and that lifting the welfare of one lifts the welfare of all.  The Lilly Endowment provides generous matching funds to build the Ministerial Excellence Fund for the good of our rostered ministers and candidates.  

Ministerial Excellence Fund grants help rostered ministers and candidates develop stronger financial literacy skills and provide direct aid to help reduce or eliminate crippling debt. This fund focuses on education debt relief, medical debt relief, and provides assistance in dire emergencies. Leaders relieved of financial hardship increase their capacity and joy for healthy ministry. 

Applications are received by the Fiscal Wellness Grants Board, which meets quarterly.

Applications are reviewed in light of expected outcomes which include:

  1. Relief of significant financial hardship and/or enhanced financial health of the rostered minister/candidate’s household.
  2. Participation in financial education programs by the rostered minister/candidate.
  3. Improved financial literacy and generous stewardship behaviors of the rostered minister/candidate.
  4. Increased financial resources flowing out of the congregation to support other shared ministries.
  5. Enhancement of the overall ministry of the rostered minister/candidate and ministry as a result of participation in the Ministerial Excellence Fund.