Statements & Letters

LCMS responds to Thrivent’s ‘Financial Neutrality Policy’

ST. LOUIS, February 7, 2014—The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) released today an initial response to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ “Financial Neutrality Policy.”

LCMS initial reaction to Thrivent’s ‘Financial Neutrality Policy’

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, guided by the Word of God, is unabashedly and actively pro-life. Thus we are deeply concerned by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ decision, announced Feb. 6, 2014, to adopt a “Financial Neutrality Policy” effective immediately to guide its decisions for outreach funding of charitable organizations.

Harmelink named executive director of Concordia Historical Institute

ST. LOUIS, January 28, 2014—The Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Harmelink has been named executive director of Concordia Historical Institute (CHI), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) venerable repository of documents and artifacts, effective Feb. 1.

Health care professionals needed for volunteer medical teams abroad Positions open for teams in Africa, the Caribbean, Eurasia

ST. LOUIS, January 27, 2014—The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has an immediate need for health care professionals and others to join short-term volunteer medical teams to provide health care for underserved people abroad.

Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod announce formal discussions

ST. LOUIS, January 27, 2014—Representatives and leaders from the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) met at the Mekane Yesus Seminary, the EECMY headquarters, and the Gudina Tumsa Wholistic Training Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan. 23 – 26, 2014, to discuss the relationship between the two church bodies.

Lutherans mark 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade

ST. LOUIS, January 16, 2014—The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) annual National Lutheran Schools Week celebration, held this year Jan. 26-Feb. 1, provides the church’s 2,300 preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among students, families, faculty and staff.

National Lutheran Schools Week begins Jan. 26

ST. LOUIS, January 16, 2014—The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) annual National Lutheran Schools Week celebration, held this year Jan. 26-Feb. 1, provides the church’s 2,300 preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among students, families, faculty and staff.

Thrivent Funding of Pro-Abortion Organizations: LCMS Concerns

The LCMS Office of the President issues a statement regarding Thrivent funding of pro-choice organizations.

Missouri Synod announces three staff changes

ST. LOUIS, January 10, 2014—The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) announces three staff changes effective immediately at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis, Mo.

New Missouri Synod video depicts disaster relief efforts in the Philippines

ST. LOUIS, December 27, 2013—The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has released a video showing the immediate and ongoing disaster relief ministry of the LCMS and its partner, the Lutheran Church in the Philippines, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Viewers will see images – some sure to be disturbing – of the effects of the typhoon and hear from church leaders who were on-site within a week of the typhoon that struck Nov. 8.

LCMS Responds to Thrivent’s Choice Dollars® Statement

With the recent Thrivent announcement to reconsider their Choice Dollars® Program, the LCMS is encouraged to learn that Thrivent is beginning to recognize the serious concern its members have when their choice dollars are stewarded toward organizations such as Planned Parenthood that directly support the abortion industry and the killing of unborn children.

LCMS issues statement about Thrivent Choice Dollars®

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) is deeply concerned by the news that Thrivent Financial has recognized Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota as a potential recipient of funding through its Thrivent Choice Dollars grant program.

Missouri Synod president issues Christmas message

In a Christmas message released today, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), offers a greeting expressing joyful hope for the future and thanks for LCMS pastors, teachers, members and benefactors.

Rodewald to lead Lutheran Bible Translators

ST. LOUIS, December 12, 2013—Dr. Michael K. Rodewald, regional director for Africa with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Office of International Mission, has accepted a call to serve as executive director of Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) in Aurora, Ill., effective June 1, 2014.

Missouri Synod encourages gifts on ‘Giving Tuesday’

ST. LOUIS, December 2, 2013—One day to go! With the launch of its “Give Graciously, Give Globally” campaign, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is joining the second annual “Giving Tuesday” effort held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and asking people around the world to make a difference through charitable giving on a single day.

Response to Court Opinion on Clergy Housing Allowance

On November 22, 2013, a Federal District Court in Wisconsin held that the clergy housing…