“I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3)
It’s who we are. It’s what we do best. In this issue of Lutherans Engage the World, we’re talking about how we in the LCMS deliver the faith.
Confirmation, Sunday school, Bible class and vacation Bible school are familiar in our parishes, bringing young and old together to learn and grow in God’s Word. What is delivered flows from and points back to altar and pulpit, where the one, holy, Christian and apostolic faith is proclaimed in Word and Sacrament. Check out our story about how an LCMS parish has made education — and especially confirmation — a top priority.
In our two seminaries, we vigorously prepare future pastors and deaconesses to deliver the faith in the Synod’s congregations and institutions. Unique among American seminaries, our seminaries place a high value on studying God’s Word in the original languages, along with the careful study of God’s Word and Lutheran doctrine and instruction in applying these things to the care of souls.
Worldwide, the LCMS is highly regarded for our expertise in teaching the faith. The most common request from our 36 partner churches is: “Help us train our pastors so they, in turn, can teach the children of God.” Through the Global Seminary Initiative (GSI), we are meeting those requests. Your prayers and gifts are making it possible for us to send theologians to teach in partner seminaries and for the best students from around the world to study at LCMS seminaries.
Strengthening the GSI, the Chemnitz Library Project is making it possible for Lutheran seminaries and seminarians around the globe to access and study the very best theological commentaries, textbooks and resources.
Thank you for your ongoing support that enables Lutherans everywhere to ENGAGE the world with the Word of life!
Take a few moments to read about the difference you are making, by God’s grace, as the Church does what she does best: delivering the faith that was delivered once for all to the saints!
Pamela J. Nielsen
Associate Executive Director,