The Western North Dakota Synod Mission and Ministry Trust Funds
"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.
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 Ministry Trust 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 Ministry Trust Funds consists of two separate endowment funds the Ministry Endowment Fund and the Mission Endowment Fund, the functions of each are outlined below.
Ministry Trust Fund
We 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 willing to serve. On average seminarians now graduate with $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 Trust Fund provides
scholarships to seminary students from Western North Dakota whose goal is to enter rostered ministry in the ELCA
Debt relief to pastors who are called to serve congregations and ministries of the Western North Dakota synod.
Mission Trust Fund
The Mission Trust 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 awared to a group of quilters from the southwest corner of the synod who have 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.
2013 Seeds of Faith Mission Appeal
The 2013 WND Synod Assembly, approved the launch of a 2013 Mission Appeal to build the Mission Trust Fund to allow more opportunities for innovative mission in our synod. Congregations are being challenged to raise $10 per baptized member to be added to the Mission Trust Fund. This could grow the fund beyond $500,000, allowing close to $25,000 in grants to be awarded annually. God has abundantly provided. We now have an opportunity through the Western North Dakota Mission Trust Fund to share what God has given, so that the Good News of Jesus Christ will continue to be sown on the prairies.
Are you interested in sowing a few seeds for the future?
Documents Related to the Mission Trust Fund Appeal:
- Mission Appeal Bulletin Insert
- Mission Appeal Bulletin Announcements and Newsletter Article
- Congregation Cheerleader letter
- Congregation Cheerleader Plan
The Western North Dakota Trust Fund Committee is seeking partners to grow these funds. Earnings will help provide for faithful ministry in our synod for years to come.
Please designate your gift for either the Ministry Endowment Fund or the Mission Endowment Fund and send to PO Box 370, Bismarck, ND 58502. Gifts may also be given in memory of or in honor of loved ones, special events or celebrations.