Moving Forward Together in Compassion and Hope

The Ministerial Excellence Fund is a sign of the partnership we share in ministry in the Rocky Mountain Synod.  Funds have been contributed by generous congregations and individuals who understand that we share a common purpose, and that lifting the welfare of one lifts the welfare of all.  The Lilly Endowment provides generous matching funds to build the Ministerial Excellence Fund for the good of our rostered ministers and candidates.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact Julie Nelson, Associate Program Director for MEF, at

Thanks to MEF and the RMS 3E team, has helped me to work my plan of addressing student loan and auto loan debt.  I’m happy to share that before the end of 2021 these loans will be Paid in Full.  MEF, stimulus funds, and regular payments are helping to pay down loans balances of $20k or about $1000 a month in loan payments.  – Pastor Jared Carson, Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces, NM

3E Core Value 
The power of vulnerability
. While vulnerability is often regarded as a weakness and deficit of some sort, we understand that vulnerability is our shared human lot. The appropriate expression of vulnerability subverts dominating power, removes the illusion that “everything is just fine,” and acknowledges reality. Vulnerability allows us to build community and move forward together in compassion and hope.