Christ Lutheran and Mission Support
Each second Sunday of the month, we collect a special offering for benevolence. We appropriately call it Benevolence Sunday. This designated offering is forwarded to the Western Iowa Synod “for Mission Support beyond the congregation and churchwide ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.” Our congregation supports other local ministries through regular offerings and the general budget.
Mission Support is more than “paying the church’s bills.” It is financial support for the continuing mission and ministry of the church beyond our walls. From the ELCA’s website:
Mission Support provides 80 percent of the resources to enable the ELCA to begin new ministries and accompany existing congregations as growing centers for evangelical mission. These funds also provide the staff and resources for the development of new leaders, partnership with churches around the globe, alleviating poverty, working for justice and peace, and so much more.
The ELCA’s evangelical and missional witness invites generous giving. Individuals and congregations are encouraged to increase Mission Support through their decisions and actions. Synods and the churchwide organization share these Mission Support dollars through our work in the expressions of the church. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities throughout the world.
For more information about how your Mission Support dollars are used, click here.