Publications

National Mission: A New Way of Working Together

Although they have been several years in development, the LCMS Board for National Mission’s new policies now formally chart a course for the Synod’s Office of National Mission (ONM) as it works with and serves the Synod’s districts and other domestic entities and seeks to carry out the mission priorities established for it by the Synod in convention.

Parish Education – June 2015

Each church has the responsibility to offer lifelong biblical instruction to its members of all ages. Parish education is Christ-centered, biblical instruction for every person in the Church.

Journal of Lutheran Mission: June 2015

The June 2015 issue of the Journal of Lutheran Mission reflects on the way in which the Holy Spirit has moved the Gospel from place to place, working when and where it pleases God.

So Help Me God Newsletter: July-September 2015

In this issue from LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, the ongoing need for married couples to discuss with each other where they are emotionally is discussed. An article suggesting to married couples what they can do to avoid destroying their marriage is also provided. In addition, a devotional thought to encourage readers in their faith is shared.

Pastoral Education – May 2015

The essentials of pastoral formation remain the same throughout the ages: Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio (prayer, meditation, spiritual affliction and trial).

Guidelines for Communion statements

During its December 2014 meeting in Orlando, Fla., the CTCR adopted three documents, one of which was a report offering guidance for preparing Communion statements.

The LCMS Inside the Beltway

At your urging, we’re working to establish an LCMS office — the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty — in Washington, D.C., the epicenter of where a compelling Christian witness is most needed.

Journal of Lutheran Mission: April 2015

In this special issue of the Journal of Lutheran Mission, readers learn from German pastor, theologian and mission leader Friedrich Wilhelm Hopf (1910-1982) how Lutheran missions lead to Lutheran churches.

Update to Explanation of the Small Catechism

In response to 2013 Resolution 3-13A, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations is undertaking an update to Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation, last revised in 1991.

Giving and living mercy

We continue to connect The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s programs of mercy with our local congregations, our missionaries and our partner churches around the world.

LCMS embraces partnerships in Christ

One of the distinct joys we share as the body of Christ is our ability to work together. We don’t go off on our own. We don’t operate apart from those with whom we confess the faith.

Journal of Lutheran Mission: February 2015

This issue of the Journal of Lutheran Mission focuses on the topic of mercy. Most of the papers found in this issue were presented at the International Disaster Conference held at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., in September 2014.

The mission field here at home

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Office of National Mission has continually asked one main question: “How can we best serve the districts of the Synod, and with them the congregations, schools and workers of the church?” That is no small task.

LCMS international mission work in the 21st century

In the 121 years since the LCMS sent its first missionaries to India, our church has been involved in international mission. Much has changed since then.

Lutheran Malaria Initiative: Finishing Strong

The LCMS, in partnership with Lutheran World Relief and with the support of the United Nations Foundation, began engaging districts, congregations and schools in the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) in fall 2011. Together as a Synod since then, we raised more than $7 million in the global fight against malaria through LMI.

Focus: Stewardship – November 2014

Christian stewardship begins with the understanding that all we have is God’s and that “we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (1 Tim. 6:7 ESV).