MB Foundation will match, dollar for dollar, funds needed to support one Congolese congregation in the CORD Program. Funding for one church costs $55,500, and MB Foundation is committed to matching the next $27,750 donated for this program.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (ESV) "And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken."

USMB is partnering with immigrant churches through the new CORD program to create a movement of self-sustaining churches and leaders capable of teaching and/or assisting new and developing congregations.

USMB will partner for three years with up to three vetted congregations at a cost of $55,500 per church, funded primarily by congregations and individual partners.

With your help, Congolese churches will be able to rent stable places of worship and pastors will receive educational training and a stipend to allow them to focus on preaching and serving their congregations instead of working multiple jobs to make ends meet.

Would you consider financial partnership through CORD? Click here to donate and select the CORD designation. For more information, contact Henri Ngolo at henri@usmb.org or Terry Hunt at pastortwh@gmail.com.

Make a donation to CORD today to double the impact of your gift!

OUR MODEL

The CORD model will provide:

  1. Biblical Training and Educational resources focused around our Confession of Faith. We require our pastors to have a solid understanding of the Bible and agreement with our denominational Confession of Faith. To that end, we will financially assist the leader/pastor with a qualified Bible training program (diploma or certificate), resources and training on our Confession of Faith, administrative principals, and Biblically based stewardship. We will walk the individual through the enrollment and financial application process and provide $500 a year towards their expenses.
  2. Assistance with establishing a stable place of worship. We understand the need for a safe, affordable, and consistent community meeting place for a growing congregation. We will provide council to the church and offer $1,000 monthly assistance in establishing terms for lease agreements.
  3. Development of pastors/key leaders capable of shepherding a healthy church. We will provide a $500 per month stipend to give the pastor space financially in order to give time towards training and congregational development. Each pastor will also be assigned a coach from their district.
  4. Connecting each church to available resources and other like-minded congregations and organizations. We will facilitate sister church connections within the USMB. It is our desire that there will be a mutual exchange of friendship, ideas, and support. This could be sending delegates to each other’s services, prayer, and special needs. Additionally, we will partner with Multiply and immigrant churches to develop healthy relationships with their home country churches.

To qualify for CORD, a church must have joined a USMB district and credentialed its pastor. We are committed to only supporting what has been fully funded at the projected cost of $55,500 per church.

A seed invested in godly soil will produce a harvest for God’s Kingdom!

Please contact Henri Ngolo, Integrated Immigrant Coordinator, Terry Hunt, Eastern District Minister, or your District Minister for further information.

One Story

CORD can help pastors like Emmanuel Musinga (pictured with his wife, Clementine), senior pastor of Grace Tabernacle Ministries, a Congolese USMB church in Indianapolis. In addition to working in home care, Musinga drives for Uber and DoorDash and drives truck to support his family of seven and his ministry.

“I use my own money to do all the ministry work,” Musinga says in a July 2022 interview with the Christian Leader. “If I take any payment, my church will not have any money in the account. My goal is to make sure my church is thriving."

Musinga’s congregation of 200, comprised primarily of refugees from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, rents a worship space from another church but cannot access the building during the week.

“The ministry is growing,” Musinga says. “Maybe one day we will have a building. Any dollar (that) comes to my ministry, we save (to) maybe one day put a down payment for the church. We’ve been here 10 years. We have never even made (enough) money to buy a building.”

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