To: Pastors, Leaders, and Congregation Council Officers
From: Pastor Peggy Paugh Leuzinger, DEM, Montana Synod
and the Montana Synod Stewardship Task Force
Date: Nov. 5, 2021
As you begin the conversation to prepare your congregation’s 2022 budget, Bishop Jungling, members of the Stewardship Task Force, others in the Synod, and I, have prepared these materials to assist you. Please share the videos and the documents that have been prepared with your church council and the congregation to share the story that Mission Support makes a difference. (Mission Support is the amount that your congregation gives away to support the work that the whole church is involved in, as well as the ministries in the Montana Synod that are supported from the Synod’s budget.)
The pie charts give a visual of how the money received in the Synod is disbursed. If you have any questions, please contact me. Also available is the Synod’s Financial Report from 2020 with the budget for 2021 and 2022. At this point in 2021, the income from congregations is coming in at a lower level than last year. But we, the leaders in the Montana Synod give thanks for the consistent and generous giving from your congregation! Thank you all for the ways in which you lead the people in your community to see and hear about the important work that we do together. Thank you for the generosity that your congregation gives to support ministries in your community, the ministries in the Montana Synod, and also ministry across the whole ELCA.
Is your congregation doing well in this time? If possible, please consider an increase in your mission support in the coming year to share the generosity of members with the larger church. Because we are Synod together, we support one another, holding each other in prayer.
Please also note that the videos and documents can be found on the Synod’s website under “Stewardship and Mission Support”.
Thank you for all you do to share and live out the grace of God. Together, may we all be equipped to share the good news of Jesus Christ.