Gifts & Bequests – Ministerial Excellence Fund

A gift to the Ministerial Excellence Fund will support pastoral leaders who are striving for financial wellness in their own lives and in the congregations they serve.


The Ministerial Excellence Fund (MEF) created through the Lilly Grant from the Lilly Endowment will expand MMBB’s current efforts to assist pastoral leaders dealing with educational debt, consumer debt, and other debt which limits their ability to focus on the ministry. The MEF will be an added benefit for pastoral leaders as they strive for excellence in ministry.

Who will be Eligible for the Grant?

Promising pastoral leaders who have participated in one of our Lilly Grant initiatives and are challenged by debt. The purpose of the MEF is to provide grants for pastoral leaders to alleviate debt. We will accept requests for Debt Relief to assist with educational debt, credit card debt, and other debt which distracts pastoral leaders from serving their congregations and doing effective ministry.

Ways to Give

We ask for your support as MMBB works to ease the burden of debt among pastoral leaders. Donation levels:

$300 – Joshua Level

$500 – Lydia Level

$1,000 – John Level

$3,000 – Peter Level

$5,000 – Isaiah Level

With your generosity and support MMBB can reach its goal of distributing $150,000 in debt relief payments.

To make a donation, please
or send a check (note in the memo field, Ministerial Excellence Fund) to:

MMBB Financial Services
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10115

Contact the Rev. Dr. Sara Day at (917.208.2015 or sara.day@mmbb.org) or Mr. Louis P. Barbarin, CEO (800.986.6222 or louis.barbarin@mmbb.org) with any questions or for further information.

We hope you will find it in your hearts to join us as we undertake this potentially life changing effort and we thank you for your prayers.