The Reformation 500 … Walk Run Bike

What is The Reformation 500?

The Reformation 500 is a challenge to congregations to complete 500 miles in 5 months and raise money in the process.

Members of congregations and schools are encouraged to form teams that will work together to complete 500 miles by walking, running, and/or biking from May-September 2020. Each month would represent one century since the Reformation occurred in 1517. The Reformation 500 gives members in the Michigan District an opportunity to come together to financially benefit individual congregations and schools while supporting the Michigan District’s Here We Stand campaign, as well as enjoying a summer of physical activity.

How does it work?

1. Organize Your Team
A team may be comprised of as few, or as many, individuals as you would like. For example, an entire congregation may be one team, or it may form several smaller teams.

2. Collect Financial Pledges
Each individual team member is encouraged to collect financial pledges for their personal efforts. Upon completion of the Reformation 500, participants will be responsible to collect their personal commitments from those individuals making pledges on their behalf. The collected pledges will then be distributed to each participant’s church or school (50%), and to the Michigan District’s Here We Stand campaign (50%).

3. Complete the Mileage Goal
Each individual team member will complete any combination of miles (by running, walking, or biking) each week, and then add their total completed miles to their team’s accumulating results, which will be kept on a master log.

Documents to Get Organized

Information Sheet

Pledge Sheet

Mileage Log

Need more information?

For more information, please contact the Development Department of the Michigan District, LCMS.

Join the August 1st Here We Ride Event

You can join the Reformation 500 challenge and log miles on your own. There’s also an opportunity on August 1, 2020, to join other riders from around the District at the Here We Ride event, a one-day bike riding journey in Bay City. Head to the event page for more information.