A Message from the President – June 2018

June 2018

Dear Brothers in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our risen Lord and Savior. It was a joy being with many of you during the month of May at our three Regional Pastors’ Conferences and Circuit Visitors’ Conference. As always, I appreciated the opportunity to bring you up to date on the many aspects of Michigan District and Synod business, especially the exciting news of the five new pastors being placed in Michigan District congregations. Please pray for each of them as they arrive and begin their ministries in the near future.

During the conferences, I touched on several items relative to the Here We Stand (HWS) campaign. I would like to briefly reemphasize a couple of them.
• First, thank you to the congregations who have made gifts and/or commitments to HWS since the conclusion of their respective regional conference. During my report, I stated that over 94% of Michigan District congregations backed the HWS campaign at our 2015 Convention, while our current participation rate stands at about 33%. I am happy to announce that, since this discussion at the conferences, seven new congregations have become participants. Please know that I am grateful that we have now reached 128 participating congregations, and remain hopeful that several more will become involved prior to the beginning of the District Convention on June 24. If you have not yet reached a decision to participate, please take this matter to prayer with your leaders, as we would like to see HWS make a substantial move toward our goal of $10 million by the end of 2018.
• Second, I would like to simply emphasize participation. I understand each of our 368 congregations in the Michigan District is unique in their structure, size, and financial standing. Knowing this, I also fully understand the word “participation” may mean something totally different from one congregation to the next. That is why I encourage you to define the word participation in a way that is meaningful and practical for you. If this means a multi-year pledge, that is a great way to participate. If participation means making a year-to-year decision based on your financial circumstances at that time, that method is also an excellent approach. And if participation means a one-time gift from an innovative/creative way to raise dollars, that too will be a blessing. All this to say: please participate in a way that is reasonable for you, and let God bless your participation for the purposes of His Kingdom. But please consider participation.

The congregations of the Michigan District have shared many creative ways which have allowed them to participate. Our Development Office will be happy to share these ideas with you. Please contact Ray Zavada or Linda Ekong and they will be happy to pass these ideas along to you, especially if you are seeking a way to become involved outside of using budgeted dollars.

Finally, as I write this campaign update to you, we have reached over $4.3 million in cash received and have just received our fourth $100,000 matching gift from Church Extension Fund.

Just like schedules in the life of congregations typically change during the summer months, our schedules in the Michigan District office also adjust during the summer. At the conclusion of Convention, many of our staff will take some days of vacation during the months of July and August. I, too, have some time away planned. But like you, we are available if, and when, needed. Simply let us know if you need our assistance, and we will do our best to assist.

My next President’s HWS campaign update is scheduled to be sent in mid-September unless something needs to be communicated prior to then. I look forward to providing another update at that time— hopefully one which will acknowledge steady growth in congregational participation and significant progress toward fulfilling the financial goals of our four campaign initiatives. May God grant this for His sake.

I pray each of you will have a restful and energizing summer, and I look forward to seeing everyone at Convention in a couple of weeks.


Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier, President
Michigan District, LCMS

Support Here We Stand

By The Numbers through June 13, 2018

$5,474,348.38 – Total campaign gifts, pledges, and goals
$4,329,752.93 – Cash received which includes $300,000 CEF Matching Funds
$893,287.95 – Outstanding commitments (pledges)

1,259 Total Contributors
1,131 Individual Contributors
128 Congregations Contributing
34.7% of Michigan District Congregations currently participating
7,997 Participants in the “Crafted By Truth” Bible Reading Program
965 Participants who have completed the Bible Reading Program
13,300 Attendees at the 500th Anniversary Worship Service at the Breslin Center

$1,095,409.74 – Total given/pledged for Professional Church Worker Scholarships
$2,050,950.49 – Total given/pledged for Innovative Missional Ministry
$800,847.24 – Total given/pledged for Michigan District Endowment
$1,275,833.41 – Total given/pledged for International Ministries