Given the unique challenges of leading and serving over the past 14 months, the Greater Milwaukee Synod is encouraging congregations to consider granting their rostered ministers (pastors and deacons) additional time off for rest, reflection, and renewal. This could take the form of a “mini-sabbatical,” additional vacation time, or at least, support and encouragement to use the vacation time already granted, especially if there was unused vacation time from 2020. In order to provide additional encouragement, we are making grants of up to $500 per rostered minister available (final grant size may be impacted by the number of applications). We also encourage congregations to provide matching funds to double or triple the amount available. Funds can be used to pay for congregational costs (pulpit supply, etc.) or they may be used by the rostered minister to pay for travel, lodging, or other costs related to their time away.

In order to apply for these funds, please submit the application form below by Tuesday, June 1, 2021.