MinistryFOCUS recognizes that individuals often assume educational loans in order to serve the Lord and that, for some, such loans often distract from or even undermine their very purpose.  As such, MinistryFOCUS has established a loan repayment assistance program (LRAP) so that these servants of the Lord can focus more on ministry, and less on money.

Individuals who meet the following critieria are eligible for MinistryFOCUS LRAP grants:

  1. Currently serve as a rostered church worker of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod;
  2. Carry at least $20,000 in educational loans.

The following application must be forwarded to [email protected] no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Time on December 31, 2022.  All information provided in the application will be kept confidential to a panel assembled to review the applications and make grant decisions.  All decisions are final.  All grants for this cycle are for a one-year grant period, extending from January 2023 to December 2023.  A one-year award from this cycle neither implies nor prevents any future awards.

Grant decisions will be announced in January 2023 and are subject to available funding. 

Please also note that insofar as one of the goals of MinistryFOCUS is to create greater awareness of the financial challenges facing rostered church workers, as well as greater dialogue between congregations/schools/Recognized Service Organizations (RSOs) and rostered church workers, applicants are encouraged to share their desire to receive a MinistryFOCUS grant with an appropriate congregation/school/RSO representative and have that person sign the application where indicated.

Applicants also are strongly encouraged to identify their participation in a personal financial education program, or their planned participation in such a program.

Finally, insofar as the purpose of MinistryFOCUS LRAP grants is to help rostered church workers of the LCMS focus more on ministry, all LRAP grants may be canceled immediately should a grant recipient no longer serve as a rostered church worker of the LCMS, subject to the discretion of MinistryFOCUS.  Grant recipients are required to contact MinistryFOCUS within 10 days of any change in employment status.

For further information, please contact [email protected].

May God continue to bless you in your service to Him.