Military chaplains needed now ‘more than ever’

By Roger Drinnon

Chaplain Steven Hokana leads worship at Camp Arifjan March 22, 2015, while deployed to Kuwait. Last year, Hokana became the assistant director of LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, to help oversee the Synod’s ministry to U.S. service members, veterans and their families. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

Who better to deliver the Gospel to our nation’s troops on the front lines of conflict — while also caring for their families back home — than an LCMS chaplain?

The Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces (MAF), part of the LCMS Office of International Mission, has produced a video titled “If not us, then who?” to encourage those who might be interested in this vital ministry opportunity.

The 8-minute video features LCMS military chaplains explaining the requirements, rewards and unique environment of serving as a military chaplain.

Watch the MAF video

“As our nation approaches three decades of constant armed conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere, our troops need LCMS chaplains more than ever,” said Chaplain (U.S. Navy Capt. Ret.) Craig Muehler, MAF director. “Military chaplains bring mercy and compassion to our nation’s military personnel, conveying a message of hope in very challenging circumstances.”

From providing Word and Sacrament ministry, to suicide prevention counseling, to advising commanders on ethical issues, LCMS military chaplains deliver the Gospel to those in need and help military families cope with the overall strains of military life, noted Muehler.

For more information, visit or call 888-THE LCMS (843-5267).

Roger Drinnon ( is director of Editorial Services and Media Relations for LCMS Communications.

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Posted April 10, 2017

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One Response to Military chaplains needed now ‘more than ever’

  1. John J Flanagan April 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    I would just hope that in an age of political correctness and spiritual compromise,that Chaplains from the LCMS are not directed by DOD leadership to refrain from counseling service personnel based on Biblical principles. With so much pandering to LGBT and homosexual issues, one wonders if some chaplains could be sanctioned or fired simply because they express Biblical convictions on these topics. Military personnel today have to undergo so much “sensitivity” training and are told to keep their religious views private so as to avoid “offending” the views and lifestyles of some of their comrades. I do not believe for a moment that directives from DOD by political and social engineers do not impact the chaplaincy and the way service personnel are counseled.

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