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The Launch Out! Fundraising Campaign is an investment into our future to create faith-raising opportunities to reach people in new ways, in new places, and in new ministries. Through developing leaders, empowering congregations, and broadening mercy and justice ministries, we will make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. With inspiration from Luke 5: 1-11, we are launching out from the shore into the deep, deep waters to build a future for our children, our grandchildren and their children. Launch Out! will be a fundraising campaign; but it’s not for the next year or the next two years: it’s about the future. It won’t be easy, but it will net us big dividends.

Leadership Development is the Key

As we launch out, our focus is on leadership development for laity and clergy. This is the key to effective mission and ministry and is included in each of the priorities:

  • Revitalization of existing congregations that desire life and growth;
  • New faith communities to reach those who don’t currently relate to our existing congregations and ministries; and
  • Mercy and justice ministries as collaborative opportunities in every community.

It Started with Make A New Wisconsin

As you may remember, the Make A New Wisconsin Task Force conducted a year-long feasibility study for a major fundraising campaign that was presented at the 2017 Annual Conference. A second phase of the study was authorized and a team has been assembled to work together on this effort. The team includes:

  • Tina Itson
  • Peace Kim
  • Allie Scott
  • Steve Scott
  • Amanda Stein
  • Michele Virnig
  • Bill White
  • Tamara Wims
The second phase, now entitled Launch Out!, involves the initial steps required to develop a fundraising campaign that will be presented at the 2018 Annual Conference.

We Need Your Help!

We are asking you, the 2018 Wisconsin Annual Conference, to approve moving forward with the Launch Out! Funding Campaign. We are positioning ourselves to launch the campaign immediately upon your approval. We cannot merely maintain the status quo to achieve this grand vision. This is not a replacement for apportionments! It’s an investment in the future of our Church. Launch Out! is the priority mission and ministry of the entire Wisconsin Conference. We need your support!

Review Our Resources

We have created a variety of resources for you to help you understand and promote Launch Out! Please use these downloads.

If you have any questions or needs, contact Michele Virnig at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..