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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Mission Assistance Fund?
- How does a congregation request assistance?
- How is the Mission Assistance Fund maintained?
- Who handles the money?
- What is a "Key Man"?
- How are the LCMC-Lutheran Men organized?
WHAT IS THE Mission Assistance Fund?
The Mission Assistance Fund is a fund from which mission and small congregations can receive gifts for congregational needs.
The LCMC-LM Mission Loan and Gift Funds were reorganized in 2021 to create the Mission Assistance Fund. For more information, click here.
HOW DOES A CONGREGATION REQUEST ASSISTANCE?
Requests for assistance are handled by the LCMC-LM Grant Request Committee. Requests for assistance can be made by writing – letter or e-mail- to any member of the executive committee. Once a request is received, it will be forwarded to the Grant Request Committee for their review and recommendation. The request must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the LCMC-LM Executive Committee.
Upon distribution of funds, the National Service Coordinator, appropriate district and congregation will be notified.
HOW IS THE MISSION ASSISTANCE FUND MAINTAINED?
Funds are collected from individuals in congregations primarily during March and September.
The March emphasis is the "Buck a Month Club." Every man in an LCMC congregation is urged to join and to give $12 a year (preferably at one time). Why $12? There were 12 Disciples. The $12 is to remind us that Jesus called us to be his disciples in the world today. There were 12 Tribes of Israel. They were called to be God's People, even as today the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to be God's People. There are 12 months in a year, and $1 a month is an achievable goal for just about everyone. There are 958 congregations in LCMC. If there were an average of 50 men per congregation, then that would mean over $500,000 per year. The Fund would quickly grow, and since funds would keep being replenished. Just think of the good we could do and how many mission congregations could be helped.
The September emphasis is called the “Committee of 100”. The Committee of 100 is a committee that never meets! You join by giving $100 or more.
WHO HANDLES THE MONEY?
All funds should be sent to the LCMC office at the following address: LCMC-LM, 7000 North Sheldon Road, Canton, MI 48187. The LCMC-LM president and treasurer work with the LCMC Director of Operations in handling the funds. The LCMC Board of Trustees has approved the LCMC office as the handler of funds.
WHAT IS A "KEY MAN?"
While we want the support of all pastors, we are trying to organize so that the pastor is not the key person in congregations who promotes and publicizes the Loan Fund and Gift Fund. We are building a database of Key Men who will eventually receive the information and literature for LCMC-LM. We would prefer Key Men to have an email address, or at least have access to one so we can avoid mailing costs and time required to assemble mailings. If you are willing to be the Key Man in your congregations, email the LCMC-LM president..
HOW ARE THE LCMC-LUTHERAN MEN ORGANIZED?
Elections are held during the LCMC National Convention. We are presently operating on an adopted constitution and with elected officers. Copies of the constitution were mailed to each congregation. The current officers are:
President – Chuck Hunsaker
Phone: 706-464-1142; Email: email@example.com
Vice President - Open
Secretary - Open
Treasurer - Barry Brown
Phone: 864-489-0260; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Promotion Secretary - Chuck Hunsaker
Phone: 706-464-1142; Email: email@example.com
Grant Committee Chair - David Kight
Phone: 979-541-3819; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral Advisor - Wilson Metz
Phone: 402-521-0046; Email: Pastor@LCMC-LM.net
These officers will serve until the October LCMC-LM national meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the LCMC Annual Gathering.
The Grant Request committee is composed of: The committee chairman and the following LCMC-LM officers: President, V. President, Secretary, Treasurer and the Promotional Secretary.