This is BIG NEWS!

The MLC Administrative Council has approved Congregational Match increases of 10%, each year, for the next 5 years!

The Congregational Partnership Match Program began in the 2016-17 academic year with a contribution match of up to $1000 per student.  In the 2022-23 academic year, the per student match increased to $1200.

To help congregations plan for these increases, we have provided the chart below to outline what congregation contribution amounts MLC will match, per student, over the next 5 years.  To partner with MLC and reduce the student indebtedness, please use the link in the next section of this page to complete the form and send in your congregation’s contribution…together we can make a difference!

Churches: Support Your Students!

This program allows congregations to encourage and support their members who are preparing for the public ministry at MLC.

The congregation awards a grant to any of its members that are undergraduate students enrolled at MLC for the 2022-2023 academic year. The student must be a member of the congregation that submits money for the program.

MLC matches that grant for each student. For the 2022-2023 academic year, MLC will increase the matched amount from $1000 to $1200 per student! Grant amounts should be whole numbers – our system cannot process cents.

DEADLINE for 2022-2023

July 15, 2022

Program Details

Deadline for submission is July 15, 2022 for the 2022-2023 academic year. Submissions postmarked after July 15, 2022 will be credited to the student’s account as a congregational grant but will not receive the MLC match.

Monies remitted for matching may come from the church’s annual budget, endowed sources, or donations to a specific fund. If a specific fund has been created, neither the student(s) nor the students’ family members have contributed to this fund with the intent of receiving a tax benefit.

Monies must accompany this form to be considered formally submitted.

Congregation monies will be applied to the fall semester and MLC matching funds will be applied to the spring semester.  MLC will return church funds for any student that withdraws prior to completing 60% of the fall semester.

Print and complete the participation form using the Congregational Partner Grant Application.  Once completed, mail the form and accompanying monies to the address specified on the form.

Be the Match

Congregations and individuals that want to support the program but do not have any members preparing for the public ministry at MLC can still contribute to this grant program.

The continuation of this program in future years relies heavily on donors and the success of MLC’s Pursuing Excellence Under the Cross strategic plan. Your contribution can help MLC match the grants given to students whose congregations participate in the program for years to come.

Support this program with your gift:

Call the MLC Mission Advancement Office at 507.354.8221 ext. 295 or

You can also text CPGP to 507.223.4344 to give to this program.

To God Be the Glory

We at MLC thank Jesus for the wonderful support and interest of so many congregations who seek to help their students train for ministry. Truly, God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

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