Since holding its first service in June 1945 and moving into its own building four years later, Christ the King Lutheran Church has been a vibrant presence in southwest Houston, Texas. Sitting inside the city’s beltway, on the edge of the Rice University campus, Christ the King Church counts numerous members of the Rice faculty and staff among its congregation as well as many who work at the nearby Texas Medical Center.
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With a structure built in 1903 in the tiny town of Churchville, Iowa, and relocated by horse-drawn wagon some 30 years later to a more populous area that is now the town of Martensdale, St. Paul Lutheran Church had a rich history.
More than 20 years ago, Jerry Richardson, a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Pomaria, South Carolina, helped introduce his congregation council to the Mission Investment Fund.
In the mid-’90s, Richardson was chair of the American Missions Committee of the South Carolina Synod. “We were partners with new and developing congregations who had to look for sources for funds for their new buildings,” he says. “I tried to promote investment by congregations in MIF.”
“The renovation of our current facility will support our mission to present and future generations ... Our goal is bold and challenging, just like the gospel we proclaim!”
With that proclamation at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Atlanta, the capital campaign was on!
MIF Capital Campaign Services (CCS) is a new addition to the Mission Investment Fund’s roster of services. MIF Capital Campaign Services works to strengthen congregations by assisting them in raising funds for building projects as well as debt reduction. Previously known as Stewardship Key Leader, this fundraising service has assisted ELCA congregations for some 40 years.