Consistent with LCEF’s mission, the Kaleidoscope Fund committee selected ministry ideas that are related to the expansion, enrichment and energizing of Christ’s Church. A total of $601,000 was awarded to 11 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministries throughout the United States.
The ministries selected were:
See a map of the recipients and read a brief description on how each ministry plans to expand, enrich and energize Christ’s Church.
The Kaleidoscope Fund, established by Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), helps ministries shine brightly and share the Gospel. Apply for a grant from The Kaleidoscope Fund to start or expand your program. Your ministry can be positively impacted with ministry outreach and expansion, education and rostered church worker wellness.
Grant awards may be paid in one lump sum or over a period of time.
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:
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.).
The minimum grant amount to be awarded per recipient will be no less than $15,000. The minimum grant request should be for a minimum of $15,000.
The 2017 Kaleidoscope Fund application will launch on April 1, 2017.
All application materials must be completed and received or postmarked no later than June 15, 2017. Applications and all supporting documentation may be submitted via electronic or regular mail.
Mail request to:
The Kaleidoscope Fund
10733 Sunset Office Drive, Suite 300
St. Louis MO 63127-1020
Once all applications and materials are received by the June 15, 2017 deadline, The Kaleidoscope Fund granting committee will convene and review them. Once this is completed, and one or more grant recipients are determined, announcement of the grants will be communicated on or about November 6, 2017.
Grant awards may be paid in one lump sum, or over a period of time, 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.
Click here to download the application
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.