North America

“Where Do I Fit In?” — The New “What Does This Mean?”

Paul was not meant to “fit into” society. He was sent to proclaim Christ. We were not meant to “fit into” society. We were meant to shine as lights in a dark world (Phil. 2:15-16).

The Shoes of Vocation

Vocation isn’t about how we feel. It is about who we are as we live out our lives as Christians and serve our neighbors with the same forgiveness and love that were first poured out on us in the waters of Holy Baptism.

Is There Hope for America?

It is ultimately the Lord, Scripture teaches, Who causes kingdoms to rise and fall; the Potter shapes the clay. And irrespective of their form of government, He blesses when He sees fit, allows bad things to happen and wicked men to prosper, in order to drive people to repentance and faith.

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.

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…

LCMS Releases Statement on Scouting

Congregations advised to make own decisions on Boy Scouts involvement

National, international mission boards examine missiology

The Synod’s two mission boards review a draft of “A Theological Statement for Mission in the 21st Century,” a document mandated by the 2013 Synod convention.

National Mission board clarifies purpose, OKs SPM call process

At the most recent meeting, board members also tweak policies, elect officers and hear staff reports.

National Disaster Response Conference open to all

Anyone with an interest in responding to victims of natural and man-made disasters is welcome to attend the Synod’s Fifth National Disaster Response Conference, Oct. 7-10 in St. Louis.

Mercy Care for All

A deaconess is a servant of Christ and the Church. In whatever capacity is needed, a deaconess exemplifies the heart of mercy, caring for people in need and reaching out to them with God’s Word of life.

Individuals and Congregations Sharing the Faith

The LCMS Witness and Outreach Ministry partners with each of the LCMS districts throughout the country and provides resources to help congregations reach others with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

U.S. Cities: America’s International Mission Field

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas. LCMS congregations in these areas have the task of taking the Gospel to people across a spectrum of ethnic, status and religious diversity.

Strengthening Ministry in Rural America

Rural and Small Town Mission (RSTM) helps parishes and districts address the unique challenges facing rural and small-town congregations, which comprise more than 50 percent of all LCMS churches. RSTM offers training to church leaders through webinars and events and provides seminary students with practical experience to equip them for work in rural ministry.

Changing Demographics Present Opportunities

Hispanic Ministry upholds the work of pastors, deaconesses and laypeople who are engaged in outreach to the U.S. Latino population, which is expected to grow to 29 percent by 2050. Over the years, Hispanic Ministry has found that showing mercy by meeting urgent needs within Latino communities helps to develop close relationships that, under the Holy Spirit’s power, open up opportunities to share the Gospel.

Missouri Synod issues new $70,000 grant for ongoing Superstorm Sandy relief

ST. LOUIS, May 16, 2013—As recovery efforts continue on the East Coast following the ravages of Superstorm Sandy last fall, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is issuing a new $70,000 grant to help 32 local families repair or renovate their storm-damaged homes.