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Support Current and Future Church Workers

Congregations, please consider including a gift of $500 in your budget each year to be divided equally between the education loan repayment and scholarship funds.  If every congregation gave $500, the result would be $81,000 in additional funding. Here are other ideas for supporting these two funds:  

  • Day school/chapel offering for one month
  • Sunday School/Bible Class offering for one month
  • Free will door offering
  • LWML/LLL/auxiliary board mission offering
  • Participate in special district Ash Wednesday offering.

We also encourage you to consider:

  • Establishing or adding to a scholarship fund to help members in your own congregation pursue a degree in professional church work.  
  • Helping professional church workers in your congregation and/or school repay their educational debt.

Scholarship Grants 

Students pursuing a degree at one of our LCMS colleges or seminaries in professional church work and current workers pursuing colloquy may apply for a scholarship grant from the Kansas District LCMS. The deadline for application submission is June 1 of each year. The amount of the grant is based on available funds and the number of applicants that we receive. Grants are sent directly to the university/seminary.  

Funding for scholarship grants comes from interest from scholarship endowments, designated gifts and bequests from congregations and individuals, and half of the Ash Wednesday and workers installation offerings received from congregations.

Scholarship grants are also available from LLL, LWML and St. John’s Alumni Association. Direct links to their applications are included below.

The Scholarship Committee meets in July each year to review applications and determine grant awards.

2016-2017 Scholarship Grant Applications

Kansas District LCMS
     
Application and Instructions

Kansas Lutheran Laymen's League (LLL)
    http://www.lhm-ks.org/lll_ks_student_aid.htm

Kansas Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML)
    
http://www.kansaslwml.org/gospel-outreach1.html

St. John's College Alumni Association
    
  http://stjohnsalumni.org/financial_aid.html

Education Loan Repayment Grants 

The Education Loan Repayment Committee awards education loan repayment grants to rostered synodical graduates (and those who have completed the colloquy program) working in a Kansas District congregation or school who have graduated within the last ten years. 

With the rising cost of education, many Kansas professional church workers are saddled with large debts from student days. In 2016, thirty-one applicants received a grant of $1050 to assist in repaying their education loans. The combined total of their education debt was over $1,298,000. 

It is the policy of the Kansas District LCMS that grants be applied to any (educational) debt rostered workers have incurred, whether in the form of federally subsidized loans, commercial loans or even credit card debt for books needed to enter ministry. The grant is sent directly to the lender to be applied to the principal to help reduce total indebtedness, not to make payments in advance or to reduce the amount of currently scheduled payments. 

The Committee reserves the right to determine what indebtedness is appropriate and what grants will be given, but seeks to keep its definition of indebtedness as wide as possible. Not adhering to this policy may jeopardize the worker’s opportunity to receive a grant.

Grant applications are available in July each year. The Education Loan Repayment Committee meets in September to determine grant awards.

Words of Thanks from Grant Recipients

  • Thank you for providing this service to students, the financial assistance has been an incredible relief for my family.
  • Thank you for this generous gift, I am grateful to be in a District that supports future church workers so well. 
  • The financial assistance you provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expense. 
  • I praise God for your generosity, I am thrilled to be continuing my studies at Concordia to become a teacher.
  • Thank you so much for the gift toward my student loans. Your thoughtfulness and generosity is greatly appreciated. It is a joy to serve God’s people!
  • The loving assistance you offer to church workers in repaying student loans is truly something special. Thank you!