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25 years of raising the roof

ELCA Mission Builders still going strong

For 25 years Mission Builders have — literally — raised the roof on Lutheran churches all across the U.S. They have helped Lutheran congregations build or repair 157 buildings, additions, schools and Bible camps. This year they are adding four more. 

To use an old cliché, Mission Builders are a gift to the church that keeps on giving. And it almost didn't happen.

In the mid-80s a small group of mission-oriented pastors in the American Lutheran Church began looking for ways to help new congregations get into their buildings faster. They included James Bergquist, executive director for the Division for Service and Mission in America; William J. Hanson, the unit's deputy director; and Don Johnson, a mission director.


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