The LCMS is in the beginning stages of creating a church-planting initiative to help districts, circuits and congregations.
KFUO Radio host Andy Bates talks with Rev. Steve Schave, director, LCMS Church Planting, and Rev. Peter Burfeind about national mission work. Rev. Burfeind is a domestic missionary serving in campus ministry at the University of Toledo and in the struggling inner city of Toledo, Ohio, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Student Ministry.
The Rev. Peter Burfeind and the Rev. Adam DeGroot were blessed and sent out as the first two “Mission Field: USA” national missionaries during a service on Jan. 12, 2016, at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis, Mo.
… it’s a full out Kodak moment that will make the headlines… a new era of LCMS missions, pioneers being sent into Mission Field : USA, what a glorious day with all the pomp and circumstance due to a living, breathing urban missionary. And then she had to come in.
The LCMS is actively partnering with districts, congregations and Recognized Service Organizations to place missionaries like the Rev. Adam DeGroot in Philadelphia.
Forty-five LCMS schools in urban areas all over the country recently got some surprising news: They were nominated by their district education executive to receive a grant of approximately $2,200 from LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission (UICM).
LCMS Urban & Inner City Mission had the privilege to help support four summer urban vicarages in an effort to train up future urban missionaries. This included Martini Lutheran, Baltimore, MD; Bethlehem, Fort Wayne, IN; First Trinity, Pittsburgh, PA; and Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, Springfield, PA.
What sort of King is this? Who would set aside the riches of His heavenly Kingdom to step into my poverty… who set aside his royal diadem for a crown of thorns, who hung naked from a tree to robe me in His righteousness, who shed His blood and poured Himself out that every drop would be a payment for my sins… What sort of King is this? He is the king of mercy!
Door-knocking by those trained for outreach has an increasing number of folks asking, “Que creen los Luteranos?” — or “What do Lutherans believe?”
Those at the Oct. 12-14 conference hear that becoming an urban missionary can be as simple as relocating to a city and being involved neighbors who have connections to a local church.
Resources made available during the LCMS Urban & Inner City Mission (UICM) conference, Oct. 12-14 at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., are now available online.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Urban and Inner-City Mission presents a documentary that recounts the nearly five-year journey of a church and its community rebounding amid inner-city strife and socio-economic challenges.
In “My Night of Living Homeless,” the Rev. Steve Schave, the LCMS director of Urban & Inner-City Mission, narrates his firsthand experience of living among a group of inner-city homeless people in Cincinnati.
“Big City Mission: Tools for School” is the mission project included in Concordia Publishing House’s 2015 “Camp Discovery” vacation Bible school program.
The Rev. Peter M. Burfeind serves as campus pastor at the University of Toledo. As a new domestic missionary, Burfeind works in inner-city neighborhoods with community advocates.