In addition to the first-time gift matches, two additional gift-match opportunities are open to all, both first-time contributors and those who already have a record of giving.
Gifts made throughout the 2019–22 National Offering cycle will bolster efforts to proclaim Christ in word and deed in challenging urban areas, to new immigrants, among college-age students, alongside partner-church missionaries, and in church-planting efforts both at home and abroad.
On July 24, the Synod in convention passed the final five resolutions brought by Floor Committee 2 on International Witness.
At its November meeting, the Board heard from its chairman about efforts to increase the efficiencies of corporate Synod so the church can use the savings on its “core competencies.”
Theological education makes an enormous difference in the lives of God’s people, and that’s why the LCMS is so heavily invested in this work around the world.
The impact of the Global Seminary Initiative can clearly be seen in the partnership between The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus.
The Gospel is at the heart of all Lutheran education, and teaching the faith is a hallmark by which the LCMS is known throughout the world. Our international church partners are imploring us to teach God’s saving Word to their pastors and church leaders. They know that well-trained church workers will teach the faith to laypeople, who will tell their families and neighbors about salvation in Christ Jesus.
Four of the six matching or challenge-match initiatives support core LCMS work and the other two target special opportunities to extend the Synod’s impact in the world.
The Rev. Dr. Belay Guta, president of the Mekane Yesus Seminary in Ethiopia, thanks the LCMS for its help during a Sept. 9 Worldwide KFUO interview.
The initiative provides scholarships for pastors from emerging and partner church bodies to obtain advanced degrees at the two LCMS seminaries.