Programs/Opportunities for you!

  • Financial literacy programs and counselors for rostered leaders
    • Financial Peace University & Good $ense courses
    • Certified Personal Finance Counselors
    • financial planners from Portico and LSS-MN
  • Financial resources for congregations
  • Pre-assembly workshops for church treasurers, committees, and councils
  • First Call Theological Education and Candidacy Retreat presentations/information
  • Stewardship Education (Stewardship for All Seasons) in congregations
  • Financial/stewardship resources added to our synod’s library, the Heilig Resource Center

Leadership School Course

This course fulfills one of the requirements for an education debt grant from the NC Synod’s Lifeline Fund. Grantees from synods in Region 9 are invited to take this course.




F+F+F & Lifeline Fund brochure

Updated: January 30, 2019

We’re back for phase 2!

We’re back for phase 2!

Program Director, Pastor John Mocko, and Program Assistant, Caroline Mocko, are excited to share some good news, “We are excited to share that Phase 2 of Faith+Finances+Freedom/The Lifeline Fund has begun!” Lily Endowment, Inc. approved a scaling grant which includes sharing the grant amount of $500,000 with four other synods in Region 9: Virginia, South Carolina, Southeastern, and Caribbean. In this phase, two components will be continued: education debt relief and congregational stewardship programs. Additional details—including the application form—will be ready soon. (more…)

January 13th, 2020|Categories: Faith-Finances-Freedom, News|

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The Lifeline Fund addresses economic challenges of rostered ministers in the NC Synod. Grants from this fund are awarded for a variety of needs such as: unmet medical expenses, lingering seminary debt, funds for unexpected emergencies, and more.

Our goal is to raise $125,000 each year for the next three years to add to the seed money initially given by Lilly Endowment.

Beginning in 2019, new, increased grant amounts are available. Learn about the updates and apply today!

“What impacts the quality of ministry? Financial insecurity and lack of financial literacy. This program is about relieving economic stress and offering a path to financial freedom for our rostered leaders. We call it ‘3 Ways to Win!’ Supporting healthy leaders who will build vital congregations leading to flourishing communities.

The Rev. John Mocko, Director of Faith, Finances, Freedom

Why give to the Lifeline Fund?

hand with money and words A pastor serves in ministry for 55 years, yet in retirement, finds himself broke and in a nursing home. As his health fails, at age 82, he and his wife are unable to pay his medical bills. They have to declare bankruptcy. They lose their home. He is now in a nursing home on Medicaid and his wife lives in low-income housing. A truly heart breaking story! The Lifeline Fund and Bishop Smith got together and presented this pastor and his wife with $3,000 to pay off his outstanding medical bills!

A young clergy couple graduated from seminary, bringing with them over $40,000 in debt.  As a clergy couple, they received their first call and now are serving in a congregation they love and which loves them. Their call is part time, so together they make what a single pastor would make and yet they still have their seminary debt to repay.  The Lifeline Fund has awarded each of them $1,200, paid to their lender.  This is our effort to help pay down their seminary debt, take them on a path to financial well-being through financial education and counseling, and keep them stress free as they journey in ministry.