Pressure Points (March 2014)

Should Lutheran congregations consider private confession and absolution?

Resource and Ideas for Renewing the Lutheran Catechumenate

This is a document published by the former Commission on Worship which explores the Lutheran version of the catechumenate. Several churches that have catechumenal ministry for adults (as well as youth) are interviewed.

Audio: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood

LCMS Young Adult Ministry interviews “Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood” authors, Dr. Patricia Herzog and Hilary Davidson. They share their findings from the National Study of Youth and Religion.

Video: Missionary Service of Sending – 2014

The February 2014 new missionary orientation culminated in a special Service of Sending Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) International Center in St. Louis. During the service, the new missionaries received certificates of completion for LCMS Missionary Orientation, and they, their spouses and families were prayed for.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter – February 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), insight is provided into how a congregation can make visitors in their church feel welcome and respected. These actions can then lead a congregation to play a more integral role in the life of its surrounding community.

StewardCast Newsletter – January 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, insight is provided into how having a faithful pastor is an important part of growing congregational members into faithful stewards for the days and years ahead.

Great Expectations Newsletter – January 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Office of National Mission, insight is provided into the growing perception of society that allowing older people to age in their homes makes sense. Some of the ways this trend impacts a congregation’s ministry to its elderly members are then outlined, along with possible questions a congregation can think about when addressing this issue.

Concordia University System Chronicle – February 2014

In this issue, information about Concordia Sunday, April 27, is shared. In addition, a brief summary of the new book Concordia on the Move, written by The Rev. Dr. David Zersen, is provided. These articles are just some of the great information contained in this February issue.

March 1 is order deadline for ‘Armed Forces Sunday’

Resources are available to help congregations celebrate the special Sunday on May 18.

New resources available for Lent

Concordia Publishing House, Lutheran Hour Ministries and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League are offering new Lenten resources for 2014.

Commentary: Black History Month — a look back, forward

How did the LCMS begin its black ministry, and what lies ahead? The Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray Jr. shares his insights.

Pressure Points (February 2014)

Pastors with “compassion fatigue” — here’s help.

Feeding the hungry at Antsirabe blind school

See photographs from the Antsirabe blind school on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Madagascar. LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison visited the school, which was the recipient of an LCMS emergency grant after the Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, LCMS Director of Church Relations, learned that the children were malnourished due to budget cuts from European partners when he toured the school last October.

President Harrison visits Madagascar

See photographs of LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison as he visits a Lutheran church near Antsirabe, Madagascar, on Feb. 5, 2014. Harrison addressed the opening of the Fiangonana Loterana Malagasy synodical convention.

Seminary dedication in Ghana

See photographs from the dedication of the Lutheran Theological Seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Greater Accra, Ghana. LCMS President Rev. Dr . Matthew C. Harrison and ELGC Bishop Paul Fynn lead the ceremony. Photographs by Erik M. Lunsford, staff photojournalist in LCMS Communications.

Feast of the Purification of Mary

Pastors, this is one of the feasts that (sadly!) tends to be mostly observed only when it falls on Sunday, as it does this year. That means that many are tempted to speak the unfamiliar Proper Preface. If you’d like a little practice learning to sing it, listen here to Pr. Sean Daenzer as he sings it for you.