Fall conference emphasizes LCMS critical targets, 'making disciples'

By Joe Isenhower Jr. TAMPA, Fla. — The Synod’s three “critical targets” of revitalizing congregations, planting new congregations, and enhancing the focus on stewardship received major emphasis at the Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s annual 2009 Fall Leadership Conference here Nov. 20-22,…

LIMM forum to discuss aged, chronically ill

“Care of the Aged and the Chronically Ill: A Medical Mission Approach” is the theme for the Sixth Annual Needs and Resources Forum, to be held March 19-20 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The forum is sponsored by Lutherans in…

German church offers camp for teens, young adults

The Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church, an LCMS partner church known by its German acronym, SELK, is offering a weeklong camp to Lutheran teens and young adults next summer in Wittenberg, Germany. “LutherCamp,” set for July 30-Aug. 8 in a campground…

Mequon's Ferry named 'influential person'

The Milwaukee Business Journal has named Dr. Patrick T. Ferry, president of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, one of the Milwaukee area’s “most influential people” in the field of education. The distinction was profiled in the Journal’s first Power Book issue,…

Gourlay to receive Wheat Ridge honor

Dr. Donald B. Gourlay, mission facilitator for the Synod’s Northern Illinois District, is one of four Lutherans to be recognized by Wheat Ridge Ministries at its 11th Annual Seeds of Hope Award Dinner, Feb. 6 in Arlington Heights, Ill. Gourlay,…

World Mission presents Ablaze! Awards

LCMS World Mission presented its 2009 Ablaze! Awards Nov. 18 in Tampa, Fla.  The awards recognize the efforts of individuals and groups in furthering the goal of Ablaze! — to share the Gospel with 100 million “unreached and uncommitted” people…

Kieschnick responds to Blue Ribbon Task Force report

By Linda C. Hoops Believing that the delegates to next year’s Synod convention have a “right to hear and that I have a duty to share my thoughts, affirmations, concerns, and recommendations” on the report of the Blue Ribbon Task…

Synod leaders issue statement on seminaries

Nine Synod leaders issued a statement today, Dec. 16, regarding the church body’s two seminaries, in St. Louis and Fort Wayne, Ind. Following is the statement, in its entirety: In recent months, speculation concerning the possible sale of one or…

Concordia, Shanghai, students unearth fossil

A dinosaur fossil unearthed by students from Concordia International School Shanghai (CISS) is expected to be featured in a National Geographic television special in mid-2010. The fossil, found by the students while on an archeological dig in the Gansu Province…

CPH offers VBS puppets at special price

Concordia Publishing House is offering puppets from its past vacation Bible school programs at a special price. The first 200 customers to order the “Puppet Friends Four Pack” will receive four puppets for $34.99.  The puppets regularly cost about $20 each.…

Concordia Seminary Chorus begins Advent tour

The Concordia Seminary (St. Louis) Chorus, under the direction of Rev. Henry V. Gerike, will present choral music for the season of Advent at congregations in St. Louis and Illinois during its 2009 Advent Tour. The Concordia Seminary Chorus is…

Ahlersmeyer to resign as Concordia, Ann Arbor, president

Dr. Thomas R. Ahlersmeyer, who has served as the fifth president of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., for the past four years, has announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31. The university’s Board of Regents has asked Senior Vice President Charles…

Wittenberg board gets warm reception

Members of the board that is supervising a joint U.S.-German effort toward Gospel outreach in Wittenberg, Germany, were warmly received when they met in separate meetings last month with the Synod’s Board of Directors, Council of Presidents, and Board for…

Wheat Ridge announces $251,800 in grants

Wheat Ridge Ministries of Itasca, Ill., is awarding $251,800 in grants to fund efforts of eight “health and hope” ministries, including four related to The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. “We are so grateful for the support we receive from the thousands of…

LWML offers medium-size 'mite box'

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is offering its mite box in a new size.  In addition to the traditional smaller box and the larger display box, a medium-size mite box (measuring 12-by-5-by-7 inches, when assembled) is now available. LWML members…

Conference looks at reaching rural America with the Gospel

By Roland Lovstad Rev. Todd Kollbaum admits there were times when he prayed God would send him a call or derail the effort to build a regional ministry among three congregations in rural Cole Camp, Mo. “Time after time, God…