Megan Mertz

Staff writer for LCMS Communications

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Megan Mertz is a staff writer for LCMS Communications and managing editor of Lutherans Engage the World magazine. She grew up in St. Louis — not far from the LCMS International Center — although she has also lived in China, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. In her free time, Mertz enjoys reading, writing and traveling.

First respite retreat held for commissioned ministers

The retreat consisted of three days of worship, learning and fellowship offered at no cost to participants.

Texas District re-elects Newman

The LCMS Texas District held its 62nd convention June 10–12 in San Marcos, Texas.

Technology grants build capacity ‘to proclaim the Gospel’

The Esther 4:14 National Grant Program will assist some 225 congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to extend their reach with the purchase of new technology, software or training.

Spring/Summer ‘Engage’: ‘Whenever and wherever’

The combined Spring/Summer 2021 issue of ‘Lutherans Engage the World’ shows Lutherans continuing to love and serve their neighbors in new and nimble ways.

Winkelman, Grove take top posts at international schools

Two of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s three international schools will welcome new heads of school on July 1.

Winter ‘Engage’: God’s people share Christ’s love

The stories in the Winter 2021 issue of Lutherans Engage the World come from across the globe, spanning cultures, ages and experiences.

‘Missions Unpacked’ program provides online introduction to LCMS international mission work

The online resource provides interactive programming so that individuals, families and groups can “learn, sing, eat and pray with missionaries and local church members” around the world without ever leaving home.

Hybrid MDFL conference builds on past and moves forward

A ‘Making Disciples for Life’ conference was held in conjunction with an LCMS Minnesota South District pastors conference in October.

‘Engage’ goes digital-only this fall

The Fall 2020 issue is now available.

Upcoming retreats offer pastors respite from pandemic

The LCMS Office of National Mission has partnered with DOXOLOGY on the retreats, which are planned for Sept. 28–30 in Bel Aire, Kan., and Oct. 5–7 in Donaldson, Ind.

Survey reveals impact of COVID-19 on congregations

More than 1,200 congregations responded to the survey, which was sent to every congregation with a valid email address — 4,787 in total — in June.

‘In All Things’: Youth Ministry announces 2022 Gathering theme

The next LCMS Youth Gathering is set for July 9–13, 2022, in Houston.

Summer ‘Engage’: Serving in the time of COVID-19

Read updates about how LCMS missionaries, military chaplains, pastors and congregations are navigating quarantines and lockdowns.

Grants assist church workers impacted by pandemic

As of April 30, $321,452 had been distributed in 229 grants to workers across the Synod.

Spring ‘Lutherans Engage the World’ shows Christ’s love for the hurting

Included in the issue are stories about what it looks like, as Christ’s followers, to make disciples for life.

Concordia Lutheran Ministries adjusts care for seniors and staff during pandemic

The senior care provider is taking extra steps to ensure residents’ safety and keep them connected to the community.