Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) honored St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, West Allis, Wisc., with the Partnership Award on Nov. 16 during LCEF’s Fall Leadership Conference.
“The LCEF Partnership Award recognizes that some ministries have elevated their relationship with LCEF to the very highest levels,” said Rev. Bart Day, LCEF president and CEO. “Seeing LCEF as a true resource and partner that can walk alongside their ministry as they seek to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
St. Paul’s sought its first loan with LCEF back in the early 2000s for the construction of an early childhood center. In the intervening years, St. Paul’s has returned to LCEF on six different occasions for loans in excess of $4 million dollars in total.
In addition, St. Paul’s engaged LCEF’s Ministry Support services in 2013 to help them discover their ministry’s unique place in God’s mission through LCEF’s Ministry Support process known as VisionPath. Two years later, in an effort to raise funds, St. Paul’s again engaged Ministry Support who walked them through a successful capital campaign.
St. Paul's partnership permeates throughout the congregation – with 41 members of the congregation supporting LCEF's mission by being an investor partner. "Rev. and Mrs. Bender are witnessing stewardship in a wonderful way,” said LCEF South Wisconsin District Vice President Diana Raasch. “They took personally inherited dollars and made a fund to match the first $25 for Young Investors (YI) Club accounts opened for any children or grandchildren of St. Paul's members."
“We thank the pastors, lay leaders and members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church - both past and present,” Day concluded. “We look forward to years of service to their community and pray that we might again be ready to partner with you in service to the Gospel.”
Learn how you can become a partner in ministry with Lutheran Church Extension Fund at lcef.org.
LCEF, a non-profit organization, has served as the financial extension of the LCMS since 1978, offering funding and resources to congregations, schools and Rostered Church Workers through investment support of LCMS members.
The mission of LCEF is to support the Church in fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ by being a Christ-centered servant partner of the LCMS, ensuring that funds and services are available now and in the future.