ForwardingFaith FAQs

What is ForwardingFaith?
The Virginia Synod Council voted in 2015 to create the ForwardingFaith Campaign in order to raise $2.5 million. Our goal is to establish a $2 million permanent endowment, to be designated for youth ministry and faith formation. Additionally $500,000 will support the ELCA’s Always Being Made New campaign designation for youth and young adult ministry.

How has the Forwarding Faith Campaign gone?
Thanks to your generous support, the ForwardingFaith campaign has received $2.74 million in estimated gifts and of the $2.74 million in estimated gifts, $1.6 million has been received and is being put to use to support ministry in Virginia and beyond.

Can I still participate?
So far over 1430 individuals and congregations have shared support for faith formation ministries through ForwardingFaith and we’d love to have your support. While the initial goal of ForwardingFaith has been reached, the ForwardingFaith endowment will continue to receive gifts from members and friends of the Virginia Synod to expand the impact of the endowment in the future.

How can I make my gift?
Gifts may be made in the form of cash, checks, and by credit card or electronic funds transfer via the Virginia Synod’s website. Gifts may also take the form of assets readily converted to cash and planned gifts (such as bequests, life insurance policies, charitable gift annuities and irrevocable trusts). Gift may be made over a three-to-five year period, on a schedule chosen by the donor. Contact Pastor John Wertz, Jr. ( for more information.

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