Statements & Letters

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…

Missouri Synod grants $10K to Illinois congregation for tornado relief

ST. LOUIS, November 20, 2013—The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has granted $10,000 for immediate tornado relief to St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Minden, Ill. The check will be presented tonight to the congregation at a communitywide prayer vigil at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoyleton, Ill.

Missouri Synod team prepares to deploy to the Philippines

ST. LOUIS, November 14, 2013—A team from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) plans to depart for the Philippines Friday, Nov. 15, to provide immediate relief and begin planning for the long-term recovery in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Gray to lead Missouri Synod’s Black Ministry unit

ST. LOUIS, November 13, 2013—The Rev. Roosevelt Gray Jr. has accepted a call to serve as director of LCMS Black Ministry, the long-established Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministry serving predominantly black communities and ministering to African immigrants. His call was effective Nov. 1.

Missouri Synod pledges $100K plus $50K matching gift for Typhoon Haiyan relief

The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) has pledged up to $100,000 for immediate Typhoon Haiyan relief, plus a $50,000 challenge matching grant to International Lutheran Council member churches.

Missouri Synod joins ‘Giving Tuesday’ effort

ST. LOUIS, November 5, 2013—With the launch of its “Give Graciously, Give Globally” campaign, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is joining “Giving Tuesday” and asking people around the world to make a difference through charitable giving on a single day.

Missouri Synod distributes $271,483 for Colorado flood relief

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 4, 2013—Following the severe flooding that inundated parts of Colorado in September, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) is issuing two grants for area disaster-recovery efforts. Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Estes Park, Colo., will receive a grant of $171,483, and the LCMS Rocky Mountain District will receive $100,000.

Missouri Synod president to hold first Twitter chat

ST. LOUIS, October 17, 2013—Got questions about the LCMS? Tweet them to the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), who will hold his first Twitter chat from 11 a.m. to noon CT Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Lutheran Housing Support awarded $78,179 Treasury grant

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 16, 2013—The U.S. Department of the Treasury has awarded LCMS National Housing Support Corp. (LHS) a $78,179 grant through the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund to expand the housing ministry’s ability to provide loans in low-income and economically distressed communities.