"What's a Synod good for anyway?"
In a video message from Bishop Jon Anderson, he responds to the question he's often asked, "What's a Synod good for anyway?"
The synod invites you to think about, pray about, and consider contributing financially in a way that fits your capacity and passion.
Why Give a Gift?
Pastor Don McKee's invites us to give to the Embrace God's Mission + Equip God's People Funding Initiative.
Enhancing Local and Global Mission is one of the three areas focused on in the Embrace God's Mission + Equip God's People Funding Initiative. Watch this video to see how "Better Together" is helping to improve outreach to new ethnic groups in our communities.
“A Time to Move Forward” to “Walking Together into God’s Future”
We live in a world that is swiftly changing! Jesus invites us as followers to proclaim the eternal Good News into that changing world. Our synod is addressing that change! We are gathering resources. And we are investing them to equip all God’s people to serve this current mission field. Embraced by God’s vision and equipped to serve we live as our theme song says, “Walking Together.”
We want to invite your partnership as we are “walking together” to bring about positive change. In order to walk together we invite you to first learn “WHY” this Funding Initiative is important. You can do that by watching the videos on this page. We recommend that you start with Bishop Jon Anderson’s video at the top of this page. about your synod. In it he responds to the question he’s often asked, “What’s a Synod good for anyway?”
All videos can be downloaded from our synod's Vimeo page or call the synod office for a USB or DVD.
Deepen Congregation Vitality
Because of our Funding Initiative we have been able to invest in 14 congregations that have used the Missional Assessment Process (MAP) to think about the mission field God has placed them on and to think about what God is calling them to become.
Enhance Local and Global Mission
One of the ways we are investing in people is our work of sending young adults to South Africa to experience our companion synod. We are called to walk together as we follow Jesus, our Lord.
Develop Servant Leaders
We are investing in developing all the baptized gifts as ministers. We believe that in our baptism we are called to be ministers in our many
callings in life. We are looking for opportunities to help people develop their gifts so they can serve the Gospel in their particular way, whether they are called to ordained ministry or they are called to share their gifts in ministry another way.
Build a Ministerial Excellence Fund
One part of our Ministerial Excellence Fund has been used to address the educational debt of pastors. Another part of our Ministerial Excellence Fund is to address the financial literacy challenges of our pastors and to support our lay leaders that are managing congregations. It’s about both parts.