"MEF" seeks to support mission projects within the NT-NL Mission Area. It works much like a foundation. An endowment fund serves as its core - the principal is invested and only the income from the investment is expended annually to benefit special causes that might otherwise go unfunded and unrealized.
MEF has a vision for the future and
It's all about Mission
The Mission Endowment Fund focuses on three main areas of interest:
Assisting new mission congregations
Supporting churches with exceptional potential but inadequate financial resources, and
Launching innovative projects with special promise for carrying out God's work and in need of financial support
How we use money is a statement of what we truly love and value. Or, said another way, if you want to know who someone really is at their heart and center, look at what they do with their money. What do they support? Who do they support? Yes, of course, money normally gets used first of all for the care and nurture of the family and the basic necessities of life - but what happens after that? Is there a heart for music and the arts, or educational opportunity, or political change, or travel and exploration? Is money about self or about the good of the society and the institutions that you truly want to continue to mold and influence our culture and life? Said yet a third way, money is about where our hopes, faith, and devotion are to be found. Jesus knew that too.
When the NT-NL set out to create an Endowment Fund for this mission area of the ELCA, the Fund was not about underwriting current programs, staff or offices. The Fund was established to support mission. Mission - like congregational efforts to provide outreach activities for neighborhood kids, or helping satellite ministries get started among Hispanics in Alvarado, Oromos in Dallas, or in the expanding suburbs northwest of Fort Worth, or a variety of innovative outreach efforts in a dozen other places.
Gifts to the Mission Endowment Fund keep on giving since only the earnings are used for grants. In recent years MEF has given thousands of dollars to support new mission starts around our mission area, to help existing congregations engage in missional outreach, and to enable congregations with innovative ideas to be able to try their best ideas to help grow the Kingdom.
Learn more about MEF and help them make a good, valuable and missional impact among us.
San Miguel, Fort Worth, was one of the recipients of a grant for 2012 to support their "Spring Fling" -- an educational and fun event during Spring Break.
San Miguel, Fort Worth New Hope, Keller Messiah, Weatherford Community of Hope, Fort Worth Christ Evangelical, Odessa Briarwood Retreat Center, Argyle First, Longview Faith, Meridian Faith, Spearman Our Savior's, Durant St. Andrew, Hurst Hope, Springtown Lord of Life, Glenn Heights Rejoice, Frisco King of Glory, Fort Worth Emanuel, Dallas Joy, Rockwall
Resurrection, Keller St. Matthews Greenbrier
School, Fort Worth Midland, Midland Walnut Hill, Dallas
Holy Trinity, Irving ARK Preschool,
Resurrection, Plano Emmanuel, Granbury Mt. Olive, Dallas Oromo Ministry King of Glory, Dallas Christ the Servant, Allen Our Redeemer, Grand Prairie