Tis the Season to Sing

I’m noticing the music of the Christmas season this year as I reflect on music and the role of music in youth ministry.

LCEF fall conference: much more than a meeting

Some 650 take part in the Nov. 20-22 Lutheran Church Extension Fund Fall Leadership Conference in Atlanta, including 191 first-time participants.

Kumm to BOD: Amid frustrations, ‘we still walk together’

The Nov. 19-20 LCMS Board of Directors meeting includes a joint session with the Council of Presidents, action on some half-dozen resolutions and reports from Synod leaders.

So Help Me God: January-March 2016 Newsletter

In this issue of So Help Me God from the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, the topic of suicide is discussed. Specifically, insight into suicides among active and inactive military members is highlighted, along with ways to help prevent suicides.

Rev. Richard Krenzke, former Human Care director, dies

Krenzke, 79, dies at his Altamont, Ill., home Dec. 15 after an illness.

Concordia Chicago programming team takes top honors

The team of three undergraduate students at Concordia University Chicago ranks first in Chicago in the programming competition of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

COP addresses convention, call-list ‘best practices’

They are among a variety of matters covered at the Nov. 16-19 meeting of the LCMS Council of Presidents, which ended in a joint session with the Synod’s Board of Directors.

100th birthday celebration includes Walther endowment gift

The family of Edna Marie Wolf, great-granddaughter of the Synod’s first president, makes a contribution to maintain and preserve the Walther Mausoleum in St. Louis.

Life Together with President Harrison – December 2015

Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod President Matthew C. Harrison introduces Life Together — a monthly digital news digest. Pastor Harrison shares highlights from the LCMS to aid the whole church as we live and work together to proclaim the Gospel and bear Christ’s mercy to one another in our congregations, communities and the world.

Lutheran Federal Credit Union … for LCMS to call its own

“This is a credit union for today’s times,” says Tom Buuck, LFCU’s president and CEO, as he lays out its features and benefits.

Our Most Valuable Resource: What I learned While Running a Crowdfunding Campaign

Technique is all well and good. However, one lesson I learned is worth far more than all the rest: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

Terrorism is Islamic issue, say some Muslims

Muslims in the West must step up and admit terrorism is rooted in extremist Islam, say four Muslim think-tank panelists.

Report: Dial back Christianity in British official life

The new report urges the United Kingdom to shift toward a “pluralist character.”

Youth Ministry reaches funding goal to feed 500,000

The meals will be packaged by participants at the 2016 Youth Gathering in New Orleans.

Synod debuts new mission-project catalog

The online catalog provides information about specific national and international mission projects open to receiving special gifts and offerings.