church workers

August ‘Witness’: Church workers needed

In the August issue of LW, the Rev. Dr. James Baneck, executive director of the LCMS Office of Pastoral Education, explains why and how the Church Worker Recruitment Initiative will be vital to the work of the LCMS.

Concordia Deaconess Conference celebrates 40 years

The organization was not able to observe its 40th anniversary last year due to the pandemic, so chose instead to commemorate the anniversary at this year’s conference.

First respite retreat held for commissioned ministers

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

LCMS mission boards hold first in-person meetings in more than a year

The Board for International Mission met May 27–28, and the Board for National Mission met June 10–11. 

COVID-19 and the church: One year later

Over the last year, LCMS Research Services has carried out a series of surveys to study how the Synod’s churches, schools and workers are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ONM grants support resiliency programs for the Synod’s workers

Funds for the grants came from the Soldiers of the Cross—Amplified program.

CSP announces tuition guarantee for church work students

Beginning in Fall 2021, full-time students at Concordia University, St. Paul (CSP), St. Paul, Minn., who pursue a course of study leading to a degree in church work will pay no more than $6,000 in tuition each academic year.

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.

LCMS Locator has new look, features

The LCMS Locator, found at the top of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s home page at lcms.org or at locator.lcms.org, is intended primarily to connect people to local ministries.

Soldiers of the Cross—Amplified grants aid rostered and non-rostered church workers

The Synod’s long-time Soldiers of the Cross grant assistance program has been “amplified” so that not only those workers who are on the Synod’s roster, but also lay workers in LCMS churches, schools and organizations, may apply for assistance. 

Pastoral Ed holds church worker recruitment meeting, publishes pastoral formation ‘white paper’

The measures grew out of Resolution 6-01, passed at the 2019 LCMS convention in Tampa, Fla.

Grants assist church workers impacted by pandemic

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

Ways to show your gratitude and support for church workers

Suggestions for ways to show your gratitude and support for your pastors, teachers, church musicians, deaconesses and other church workers.

President Harrison encourages support for church workers

LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison encourages congregational members to support and thank their church workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund partners with Synod to assist church workers during pandemic

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LCMS will use Soldiers of the Cross as one means to continue to assist LCMS church workers and their families.