Keep up with current news from the Mission Investment Fund with recent stories from our quarterly newsletter, "The Mustard Seed."

January snow couldn’t derail a Wisconsin church’s fundraising efforts

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It was snowing—hard—on January 31, 2015, when the Mission Investment Fund’s Capital Campaign Services consultant Phyllis Wiederhoeft arrived at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Wiederhoeft was there to preach and kick off the congregation’s capital campaign, “Honoring Our Past—Embracing Our Future!”—with the exclamation point purposefully positioned.

“I feared the snowstorm would keep people home from church that day,” Wiederhoeft recalls.

Standing tall: Working with MIF helps a Houston congregation build on an enduring foundation

Thursday, June 1, 2017

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.

In South Carolina, making the choice to invest in support of the church

Thursday, October 6, 2016

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.”