Stewardship Ministry

Special mission journal explores LCMS membership decline

Demographic reports in this special December “Journal of Lutheran Mission” explain the main reasons behind the decline and offer suggestions for reversing the trend.

How will the LCMS adapt when checkbooks rest in museums?

Are we asking – even expecting – an increasing number of people to use the financial equivalent of a rotary-dial phone in an era of smartphones and chip-enabled debit cards?

Wulf on LCMS 2016 fiscal year: ‘Nervous and cautious’

When donors get nervous about the future of the economy or changing societal norms, donated resources decline overall.

The Chief Steward: A Manual on Pastoral Leadership

The Chief Steward was written by stewardship counselor J.E. Herrmann in the 1950s.

A Fundraiser’s Code of Ethical Principles and Practices

Those of us serving the Synod’s corporate headquarters, especially those within Mission Advancement, are bound by God’s Word — in passages like Phil. 4:8 — and by this code as we work alongside anyone who has or is considering making a charitable investment in our Synod’s work.

As a Steward, You Have Rights

Donors are “stewards” of God’s material blessings and a vital partner in the ministry responsibilities handed to us by the Synod at-large. You have rights as a donor, and I’d like to share a few things the LCMS is morally and ethically obligated to do for you.

We’re Good at … What? Stewarding the Blessing of Young People

The LCMS equips pastors, directors of Christian outreach, directors of Christian outreach, school teachers and others to support the parent’s task of raising up a child in the way God wants that child to go.

Photo essay: Hispanic spirit in ‘Dairyland’

In his quest to reach Mexicans far from the border, Missionary-at-Large and Vicar David Blas shares his faith throughout Sheboygan County, Wis.

BNM meeting includes calls for strengthening Lutheran families

The Feb. 12-13 meeting of the LCMS Board for National Mission includes reports on Millennials and steady declines in Synod membership.

Stewardship Under the Cross: Stewardship for the Confessional Lutheran Parish

Stewardship Under the Cross: Stewardship for the Confessional Lutheran Parish was written by the Rev. Heath Curtis, the coordinator of LCMS Stewardship Ministry.

Bible Stewardship Principles

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod recommends using these Bible Stewardship Principles in guiding education and appeal efforts in Synod congregations, entities, agencies and auxiliaries.

Checking the Oil: The Case for the Unrestricted Gift

We are beginning to overtly encourage God’s people to consider giving an annual unrestricted (undesignated) donation to the LCMS. I’ve been told that I’m off my rocker for even thinking about doing this. So, why do it?

RSTM conference looks at ‘ripe harvest,’ barriers to outreach

More than 160 participants from 24 states attend the Synod’s National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Building Partnerships: Survey Mailing Generates an Overwhelming Response

Building partnerships — and building friendships — is so vitally important to our team because Mission Advancement is not about getting money. It is very much about working with and alongside God’s stewards all over the United States.

2015 State of the Synod

God help us. He does, and He will. End times? Yes, indeed. “God is faithful,” as the apostle says (1 Cor. 1:9). And this faith in Christ is “a living, busy, active, mighty thing.”

Fiscal conference participants weigh future of Synod

Leaders from across the Synod gather to address priority issues affecting the future of the LCMS.