ALL TENNESSEE 2022
November 12-13, 2022
Location: TBA (but definitely in-person)
ALL TENNESSEE 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021
10am-12noon ET / 9-11am CT
an ONLINE gathering of all youth (6th-12th grade) of the Southeastern Synod,
especially those from Tennessee
We will explore what it means to SHARE OUR GOSPEL STORY together by gathering online and learning how God is active in our lives, even when we don't realize it!
And this is what sets our SOUL ON FIRE!
The Southeastern Synod is incredibly pleased to announce our involvement in the LifeLine Fund. A generous grant from the Lilly Foundation, matched by funds from our synod, will provide up to $80K in financial support for rostered ministers plus training and support for congregations who need stewardship assistance. In the ELCA, 83 percent of the seminary graduates averaged education debt of over $46K. With a median defined compensation of $50K for a first-call pastor, you can do the math and it is not pretty. In addition, many of our congregations are also struggling to survive financially. It’s time for a LifeLine!
The LifeLine Fund will provide rostered ministers with financial education, time with a financial planner, plus up to three years of grants paid directly to the lender. Grant levels will vary depending upon the level of debt and ability to repay. The rostered minister will be required to keep up with their loans and submit their annual report to the bishop. Rostered ministers may complete an application here (https://form.jotform.com/200215181602035).
For congregations, financial support will be provided to participate in either Stewardship for All Seasons or Cultivating Generous Congregations. These programs teach pastors and congregation leaders how to design and carry out their own year round biblically based stewardship program. Results have seen, on average, a 15% increase in new giving as well as transitioning congregational culture from scarcity to abundance. Congregations will come together as part of a cohort, traveling the road to financial stability together. Can your congregation afford not to participate? If interested, please contact Pastor Karen Boda, Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Life, by clicking here