Friends of the Council

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The Friends of the Council was initiated in 2010 by these former denominational leaders whose vision was to engage pastors and lay leaders to actively pledge to support the mission of the WCC.

These visionary leaders recognized the challenging times that churches and their members are living in. Major shifts in the culture are compelling local congregations, regional denominational bodies, national church structures and ecumenical organizations like the WCC to rethink their mission and deal with diminishing resources. The recent recession simply added to the stress of this period of change and transition.

The Friends of the Council initiative is to support the WCC’s plans to “form leaders, empower public witness and to equip the missional church.”

Congregations are encouraged to join in this effort by making a contribution now from current available funds. Then in future years include the Wisconsin Council of Churches as a regular portion of your annual budget.

Individuals who believe strongly in the work of WCC are invited to make a multi-year statement of intent for a specific amount for each of the coming three or more years. In doing this you will join folks who have already said “I intend to give” in amounts of $2,500, $1,000, $500 or $250 each year. An intent to give form will be sent you at your request. Request a form

Individuals who are not ready to make a multi-year commitment are encouraged to contribute as you are able each year. Your gift of $100 or whatever is appropriate for your personal financial situation will be greatly welcomed. Checks can be sent to WCC, 750 Windsor Street, Suite 301, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 or use the “Donate” link on the right side of any page of our website. Another option is to set up an automatic monthly gift (download the electronic funds transfer form and send to us).

Please join in the ecumenical work and advocacy of the WCC being done now.

Also, please consider a planned gift (bequest, life insurance beneficiary, retirement account beneficiary, charitable gift annuity) to assure the future of WCC’s work. For more information, please contact us.

Thanks to the four initiators of the Friends for their forward thinking and their active leadership in the life of the WCC. They felt committed to the future of ecumenism in this state and always encouraged others to join in this effort.

  • The Rev. Dr. April Ulring Larson is Bishop Emeritus of the La Crosse Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • The Rev. Dr. Carl Simon was Presbytery Executive of the Milwaukee Presbytery, Presbyterian Church (USA).
  • Rev. Sharon Zimmerman Rader was Bishop of the Wisconsin Conference, United Methodist Church from 1992-2004 and Secretary of the Council of Bishops until 2004.
  • The Rev. Dr. Frederick Trost served as Conference Minister and President of the Wisconsin Conference, United Church of Christ from 1981 to 2001.



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