The 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant summary process is now closed. Determination letters will be sent by July 1 to all applicants, with a Sept. 1 deadline for applications from those invited to apply.
The Kaleidoscope Fund, a granting program established by Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), helps ministries shine brightly and share the Gospel.
In the last two years, the fund has granted over $1.2 million to 22 different Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod ministries that are related to the expansion, enrichment and energizing of Christ’s Church.
These grants help strengthen congregations, Lutheran schools, church workers and the communities they impact. See a map of the 2017 recipients.
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Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) serves the members, congregations, schools, and rostered church workers of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) church body. When LCEF is blessed with good financial performance, a small portion of its funds may be used for a variety of ministry purposes…such as grants. These grants were launched in 2016 as The Kaleidoscope Fund, which emphasizes a variety of entities and ministry purposes.
The entities of the LCMS that are eligible to receive The Kaleidoscope Fund grants are:
Being mindful of a portion of the LCEF Mission Statement that states, “to support the Church in fulfilling its mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” eligible (and not eligible) grant purposes are as follows:
Large, macro grants could have partial salaries considered if those salaries are for a limited period and include a plan for ongoing sustainability beyond the life of the grant.
* Capital improvement projects are also not eligible for Kaleidoscope grants. However, certain incidental expenses of a capital nature may be considered if they are merely ancillary to one of the three stated purposes of ministry outreach and expansion, education and church worker wellness. For example, construction of a new classroom would not be eligible since it is primarily a capital improvement project rather than being merely incidental to education.
To sum this up: Consistent with LCEF’s mission, The Kaleidoscope Fund seeks to fund ministry ideas that are related to the expansion, enrichment, and energizing of Christ’s Church versus mere maintenance (of an existing program, etc.).
Funds will be granted in amounts between $25,000 to $250,000.
Once all grant proposal summaries are received by June 15, 2018, The Kaleidoscope Fund granting committee will review them. When this is completed, an executive committee will then select ministries from these proposals to apply for a grant. Invited ministries will then submit a detailed application by a set deadline. Once this is completed, and one or more grant recipients are determined, announcement of the grants will be communicated approximately November 6, 2018.
Grant awards may be paid in one lump sum, or over a period of two years, depending on the nature of the application. Funds will be paid directly to the grant recipient(s).
Each recipient of The Kaleidoscope Fund grant will provide a written summary and photos of the grant outcome(s) in a designated and agreed upon timeframe with LCEF. These summaries and photos may be used in LCEF social media and for other promotional purposes. Additional promotional stories may be sought by the LCEF Marketing Department.
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As a consultant for Capital Funding Services (CFS), Randy enjoys assisting the Lord’s people in experiencing the joys of generosity. He is a firm believer in the Scriptural truth that “whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). He says, “Stewardship is simply reflecting the image of our generous God, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.” His leadership has encouraged his congregation to provide generous support for ministries locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Randy has been a parish pastor for 35 years. For the past 28 years, he has been serving First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Leading a large congregation has enabled him to experience six capital campaigns, allowing him to provide great insights to pastors in capital campaigns and stewardship.
Randy has served Concordia University Wisconsin as an adjunct professor of theology for 26 years. In 2010, the university awarded him the honor of “Distinguished Alumnus.” He has also served 12 years on the South Wisconsin District Board of Directors, including six years as Board Chair and First Vice President of the district. He conducts seminars on generosity and provides encounters for parish pastors to discuss cultural issues and the church’s impact.
Randy resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with his wife, Diana, who is the South Wisconsin District’s Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s District Vice President. They have two married daughters and three granddaughters. Randy’s mission statement is to serve God by serving others.