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Seminaries to cover tuition for church-work students

The new paid-tuition policies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., are for residential pastoral ministry and deaconess students, beginning with the 2018–19 year.

Scharr elected to third full term in Southern Illinois

Others elected to leadership positions include the Rev. Mark Nebel of Red Bud, Ill., as first vice-president; the Rev. Benjamin Ball of Hamel, Ill., second vice-president; the Rev. Peter Ill of Millstadt, Ill., secretary; and Julie Johnson of Hamel, treasurer.

FAQs provide ‘Update on Licensed Lay Deacons’

The new online resource is available on the LCMS president’s webpage.

Volunteers needed in Texas

Individuals and groups can spend a day, a week or more helping residents of the Beaumont, Port Arthur, Corpus Christi and Rockport areas whose lives were affected by the storm.

LCMS Youth Ministry offers summer Servant Events

Registration is now open for more than 40 LCMS Servant Events in the categories of construction, human care, environmental, outreach, multicultural and crisis.

Resources available for 2019 LWML convention

Available on the convention website are several free items LWML groups and congregations can use to let their members know about the convention.

‘Relationships, not programs’: Youth Ministry shares research on young adults

Two surveys, one of congregations and one of young adults, focused on the question of retention of LCMS youth following confirmation.

We Raise Foundation announces launch event

The former Wheat Ridge Ministries introduces its new name and new mission March 2 in Oak Brook, Ill.

Campus Clips

News from LCMS colleges and seminaries.

Share It! – Ideas for serving the community

This month’s “Share it!” responses include ideas from pastors and a school principal.

Offering a warm ‘welcome’: February ‘Witness’ looks at hospitality

The issue also features a conversation with LCMS Black Ministry Director Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray.

LCMS joins others in affirming ‘God-given sexual identity’

LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison and the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, executive director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, are two of the signers of “Created Male and Female: An Open Letter from Religious Leaders.”

LCMS Black Ministry: A look backward and forward

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has been involved in black ministry for over 140 years.

PALS program supports new pastors, wives

The program (Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support) was begun in 1998 and operates in 31 of the Synod’s 35 districts.

Hans Springer retires after 40-plus years of service

The “treasured and consistent servant-leader” most recently served as associate executive director of LCMS Mission Advancement.