Guidance for Congregations

Congregational ministry

As members of the ELCA, we believe we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Your congregation may have a rich tradition of supporting ministries of the ELCA. Perhaps children in Sunday school have become accustomed to collecting change to help support missionaries, while also learning about other cultures far away. Maybe your Confirmation youth hold annual car washes to purchase chicks or goats to sustain farmers overseas through ELCA Good Gifts. Or your congregation may contribute to seminary scholarships, through ELCA Fund for Leaders, providing new pastors the freedom to answer their first call with little or no debt.

Mission Endowment Funds

Your congregation wants to build upon its legacy of generosity for the future — and one way to achieve that includes establishing a mission endowment fund. By creating an ongoing financial resource above and beyond regular offerings, your congregation can:
  • expand outreach in the community and around the world
  • alleviate world hunger and poverty
  • respond to disasters
  • sponsor missionaries
  • fund seminary scholarships
  • support new congregations.
To learn more, you can order “How to Create a Mission Endowment Fund,” which provides a systematic approach, with guidelines adaptable to your congregation’s unique needs. In addition, the ELCA Foundation has professional gift-planning staff throughout the nation, who can assist your congregation in establishing a mission endowment fund.

Guidance for congregations

The ELCA Foundation can also lead planned-giving presentations and meet with congregational leaders to provide support for stewardship education. Our gift planners have the expertise to assist your congregation or group with planned giving by providing:
  • mission endowment fund guidance so your congregation or group can be thoughtful stewards of bequests and planned gifts
  • gift planning education through seminars on wills, estate plans and charitable gift planning
  • investment options for endowments through the ELCA Endowment Fund Pooled Trust and the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA.
The examples and information provided on this website are for illustrative and educational purposes only and should not be considered tax or legal advice. Please consult with your tax or legal advisor about proceeding with your gift plan.

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