MB Central District gets $1.2 million gift

Nov 24, 2014 by

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MINOT, N.D. — A large gift enabled the Central District Conference of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches to significantly increase next year’s budget.

Christian Leader magazine reported a contribution of $1.2 million from the Katy Glanzer estate allowed CDC leaders to recommend a budget of $386,000. That is $122,000 more than the previous year and provides an expansion of the Legacy Fund endowment for church planting.

The increased budget will eliminate interest on existing loans to congregations and extend a subsidy to four churches: Stony Brook Church in Omaha, Christ Community Church and Ethiopian Christian Fellowship in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Sanctuary Fremont in Nebraska. The budget also establishes $70,000 for church renewal and leadership development.

Congregational support is budgeted to increase by 14 percent in the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Neb. church withdraws

Reality Church of La Vista, Neb., withdrew, prompting delegates to unanimously approve a recommendation that the congregation repay a $40,000 grant received in 2000. District bylaws state that any grants be repaid if a congregation leaves.

Reality Church began in 1997 when a group from the Papillion area and Millard Bible Church formed what became Rolling Hills Church.

The district gave financial support to the church, which grew to more than 300 members by 2005 under the leadership of Brian Clas­sen and changed its name to Shadow Lake Community Church. Last year it changed its name to Reality Church and this year moved to La Vista. The church has grown to more than 800 people and is now autonomous.

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