Congregations are encouraged to take a special offering each year between now and 2015 to support the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Endowment Campaign. This campaign will ensure the sustainability of the Pastoral Excellence Program, including New Clergy Groups, Clergy Communities of Practice and continuing education events.
Received on the anniversary of the pastor’s ordination or call to the church
Supports partners in more than 70 countries with ministries that fund development projects, feed the victims of famine, provide services for displaced people, and respond to natural disasters. These ministries are the responsibility of Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources.
Received annually on the fourth Sunday in Lent
Supports church growth and leadership development in the conferences and through the national offices of Local Church Ministries.
Received annually on Pentecost Sunday
Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including ministry carried out by the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and by the national offices of Justice and Witness Ministries.
Received annually on World Communion Sunday (first Sunday of October)
Provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands, a ministry carried out by the Pension Boards.
Received annually on the Sunday before Christmas