Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength: The Intimidation, Impact, and Invitation of Wellness

There is only so much time, energy, and money in this world and a lot pulling at our attention, particularly as workers in the church. Introducing one tool to help you grow in wellness…

PKs, church work kids, any kids and expectations

What special expectations do we have for the children of our church workers? Offering grace to all the children in our churches.

Effective Outreach, Part 4: Effective outreach provides appropriate and appealing entry points into Word and Sacrament ministry

It is up to us to provide ways into the Word and Sacrament ministry of our congregation that ease nonchurched people’s fears and keep them from being intimidated.

The secret identity of a pastor’s wife

What do you wish people saw in you, or do you wish they saw if they looked beyond one title or vocation?

Effective Outreach, Part 3: Effective outreach fosters relationship-building

If we can learn to intentionally build relationships with nonchurched people, we will be meeting a tremendous need. And we’ll be opening doors to the Gospel for them.

History and Origins of the Work of LCMS World Relief and Human Care and the Development of LCMS Disaster Response

During the first 100 years of the LCMS’s history, mercy ministry exploded. “By 1928 the number of hospitals, orphanages, child welfare societies, homes for the aged and institution missions totaled

Lutheran Congregational Mercy Work

Over the last 15 years there has been a resurgence of congregational mercy work within congregations in the LCMS. Much of this was due to the guidance of the Rev. Matthew Harrison, who in his capacity as executive director of WRHC wrote to pastors and lay leaders of the LCMS on the theology of mercy and how to incorporate a mercy that flows from Lutheran congregations to the needy in their community. In addition, the 2001 Synod convention opened up the possibility of a deaconess program at both seminaries for women to study deaconess ministry as a vocation. This expansion of the deaconess program, has increased the number of deaconess church workers, has created a greater awareness of mercy work, and has had a lasting influence across the Synod.

A Ministry of Merciful Visitation and Pastoral Presence

Paul’s ministry was also an example of caring for people in every need. Paul gives a model for congregations and individual Christians to care for their members and for the unchurched community around them. Paul encouraged the Galatians, “Let us not grow weary of doing good … So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:9–10).

Prayer During Times of Suffering and Tragedy

During a crisis people tend to turn to God and their faith for strength. During these times it is common to make supplications or petitions to God. It is a godly and pious act to pray and to bring one’s petitions to the Lord. The Large Catechism calls this “calling upon God in every need”[6] and it says, “He [God] requires this of us and has not left it to our choice.”

Effective Outreach, Part 2: Effective outreach creates connections with nonchurched people

Effective outreach is the “planting and watering” (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:5-9) through which a congregation intentionally engages nonchurched people in ways that … provide the congregation with means of continuing contact with the nonchurched people.

Pastoral Blessing and the Benediction

The act of pastoral blessing is nothing new. In fact, Aaron gives a blessing in what is referred to as the Aaronic benediction, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift us his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Num. 6:24–26).

The Role of Worship as Comfort in Times of Tragedy

Tragic events—including the death of a loved one, a grave medical diagnosis or a catastrophic natural disaster—peel back the façade that covers this broken world. Tragedy often allows people to see with greater clarity the destructiveness of a fallen world and sin’s consequences.

Luther’s Pastoral Care for the Anxious and Depressed: Thoughts on ‘Of Good Comfort’

At the foundation of Luther’s spiritual care was visitation. During visitation, or when he could only write, Luther often gave comfort with Scripture, he recommended hymn singing and he often concluded with a blessing.

What Is Effective Outreach? (Effective Outreach, Part 1)

Effective outreach is a critical element of a congregation’s well-being. What is “effective outreach”?

Because you care, we share Christ’s love with our neighbors

Together we will reach the least and the lost in MissionField: USA, and we will bring the Gospel to new people in new places across the country. We are going to tell the Good News and love our neighbor.

Six things your congregation can do to get more people involved

We are celebrating the service of volunteers in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Wouldn’t it be great to have more volunteers to celebrate? Here are some ideas to get more people involved … and people more involved.