National Mission

Synod announces three staff changes

The staff changes at the LCMS International Center involve the Rev. Dr. Edward Grimenstein, the Rev. Dr. Albert Collver III and the Rev. Steven Schave.

Synod offers online resource for year-end donors

Interested in making a charitable donation before year’s end? Check out the Synod’s “Make a Gift” website!

Response to Court Opinion on Clergy Housing Allowance

On November 22, 2013, a Federal District Court in Wisconsin held that the clergy housing allowance is unconstitutional. Specifically, the judge entered an Order and Opinion declaring 26 U.S.C. Section 107(2) unenforceable because it violates the First and Fifth Amendments…

Grant to help Illinois congregation reach out after tornado

The $10,000 grant from LCMS Disaster Response to St. John’s Lutheran Church, New Minden, Ill., will be used to help survivors get back on their feet after deadly storms rip through five states.

Gray begins work as director of Black Ministry

The Rev. Roosevelt Gray Jr. begins work as director of the ministry serving predominantly black communities and African immigrants.

Curtis, Meador join ONM staff as stewardship coordinators

The Rev. H.R. Curtis and the Rev. Nathan Meador are serving as coordinator — and assistant coordinator — for stewardship, respectively.

LCMS Releases Statement on Scouting

Congregations advised to make own decisions on Boy Scouts involvement

Lutheran Housing Support awarded $78,179 treasury grant

The grant from the U.S. Department of the Treasury will help the LCMS housing ministry expand its ability to provide loans in low-income and economically distressed communities.

Board of Directors gets ready for new triennium

The Synod’s Board of Directors elects officers for the 2013-16 triennium and takes a number of other actions.

Coalition forms to set ‘action plans’ for church-worker wellness

Members of a new “Ministerial Care Coalition” to improve the health and care of LCMS church workers are developing action plans toward that goal.

Website lists LCMS churches with Spanish worship

The website offers a number of resources for Hispanic ministry, including links to 22 LCMS congregations in 10 states that offer worship services in Spanish.

Four CTS students receive awards in essay contest

Four students from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., are named this year’s winners in an annual essay contest sponsored by the LCMS Office of National Mission.

LCMS National Mission – June 2013

LCMS national mission work is alive and vibrant. Its focus remains Witness, Mercy, Life Together right here in the United States, and staff seek to do that work—from Disaster Response to School Ministry—under a new umbrella: “Strong Faith. Fervent Love.”

National mission board prepares for convention, reviews policy

Also on the agenda for the June 3-4 meeting of the LCMS Board for National Mission was a discussion on the Synod’s place in the public square.

LCMS asks for patience, time following Boy Scouts vote

A May 24 statement from the Rev. Bart Day says Synod leaders “will need some time to evaluate the decision and determine what it will mean for BSA troops in our LCMS congregations.”

Three joining Synod staff

The Rev. Steve Schave, Deaconess Kim Schave and the Rev. Michael Meyer accept posts with the LCMS national offices.