To positively impact the lives of hurting people by supporting the volunteer capacity and programs of Christian congregations and agencies.
As God sent Jesus into the world (John 1:14), He now sends His people out to love, serve, and engage (John 20:21). Our faith is meant to create movement in our lives - movement that draws us deeper into Christ and propels us out into the lives of hurting people in our communities. Christian faith is meant to be lived out; it is an active faith.
This activity is lived out both corporately, as the Church, and as individuals. Each of us is endowed with gifts to be used to honor and glorify our risen Lord. As Christians, we are called into servanthood to be the hands and feet of Christ. Serving offers an exciting opportunity for ministry as we discover and carry out our unique gifts, thereby building up the Body of Christ. When we selflessly reach out to serve others, we are living as Christ called us to live. Our faith-filled acts of service are living expressions of Christ’s love for and in us. The wonderful news is that God continually equips us to serve.
Churches and Christian organizations are perfect conduits to support individuals as they apply their gifts in service to other members and/or the community. These acts of ministry can range from serving as a Sunday school teacher, to assisting with the church or organization’s food pantry or after-school program, to volunteering at a local school.
Lutheran Foundation has a rich history of encouraging and supporting Christians in carrying out these acts of servanthood. We have done this in a variety of ways, including supporting initiatives that build the capacity of volunteer-driven programs and services, and funding volunteer recruitment campaigns, both in congregations and Christian organizations.
Outcomes describe, in broad terms, the measurable change within each Funding Focus Area that Lutheran Foundation would like to see in the lives of those served by grantees. Outcomes allow the Foundation to aggregate indicators across multiple grantees to determine our community impact.
Christian congregations and organizations seeking funding from the Foundation must demonstrate how their project will address one or more of the following outcomes:
We look to support Christian Faith in Action in two ways:
- Provide grant support for new and expanded quality volunteer equipping and management efforts in churches and faith-based organizations.
- Strengthen the ability of congregations and faith-based organizations to effectively equip, manage, and utilize volunteers.