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Endowment Funds

The Minnesota South District has nine endowment funds to continue mission and ministry outreach on behalf of the congregations and their members throughout the southern third of the state of Minnesota. 

For further information and to contribute to these endowment funds, contact Rick Marko at (952) 223-2160, rick.marko@mnsdistrict.org

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1. Minnesota South District Endowment Fund

The interest from this fund will provide financial assistance for ministry opportunities, which the District is not aware of at this time. It will also provide a way in which individuals can gift money to the Endowment fund without restricting it for any specific purpose.

2. New Mission Congregation Endowment Fund

The interest from this fund will cover the costs of starting new congregations. Such costs may include, but are not limited to, the purchase of land, assistance in making mortgage payments on loans to provide worship and educational space, to provide pastoral care, and to assist with all other operating costs of a congregation.

Goal outcomes are:
  • $100,000 of interest income provides support to begin one new mission
  • $25,000 of interest income provides support for a part-time worker to begin a new mission

    3. Center City Children's Endowment Fund

    To provide tuition aid and other needs that expressly further the purpose of Christian education in Center City schools, Central St. Paul, East St. Paul and Trinity First, Minneapolis.

    Goal outcome is:
  • $5,000 of interest income will provide full tuition support for one student in a Center City school

    4. Deaf Ministry Endowment Fund

    To provide pastoral assistance and worship facilities for the hearing impaired in the Minnesota South District.

    Goal outcomes are:
  • $60,000 of interest income will provide for ministry to a new ministry site
  • $10,000 of interest income will provide for transportation needs for deaf people to attend worship services
  • $10,000 of interest income will provide for closed captioned programming for special TV programs

    5. Student Aid Endowment Fund

    To provide assistance for church worker students at our Concordia Universities and Seminaries in order to help defray the cost of education. An endowment fund of $5,000,000 would provide interest income of about $1,000 per student to help 300 church worker students with their yearly educational costs.

    6. The Ethnic Ministry Endowment Fund

    To provide financial assistance for ministry to ethnic groups, such as Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Hmong and others, both in the Metro area as well as out-state. Such assistance is normally in the form of staff and program help in conjunction with another congregation in the area.

    Goal outcomes are:
  • $125,000 of interest income will provide service to one new church to be started
  • $18,000 of interest income will provide for one student to attend seminary through distance education that leads toward ordination (EIIT – Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology)
  • $50,000 of interest income will send one Hmong missionary back to Thailand to plant missions in their homeland of Laos
  • $10,000 of interest income will provide funding for five lay leaders to receive theological training held at Concordia University, St. Paul (ELTI – Ethnic Leadership Training Institute)
  • $50,000 of interest income will provide for a permanent staff position to begin many new congregations
  • $250,000 provides for one part-time worker-priest to begin new ethnic congregations

    7. The Ministerial Health Endowment Fund

    Provides funding to promote the health and welfare of the Minnesota South District’s Professional Church Workers, their families and congregations. Professional Counseling is provided as needed along with other care initiatives that include Conflict Resolution, Stress Management, Career Guidance, Health Management, Spiritual Guidance and other services as appropriate. An endowment of $2,000,000 would provide the income necessary to bring this vision to reality.

    8. Continuing Education Endowment Fund

    Provides assistance from a portion of the cost of continuing education for professional church workers in the Minnesota South District. An endowment of $100,000 would provide $5,000 of interest income necessary to support 10 professional church workers per year who desire to strengthen their careers through continuing education.

    9. Campus Ministry Endowment Fund

    Funds campus ministry in the Minnesota South District.