Church Planting

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Empowerment Center, including Lutheran Hope Center, opens at Ferguson’s ‘ground zero’

LCMS missionary Rev. Micah Glenn and the Lutheran Hope Center are based there, along with community partners.

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The Reformation of the Lutheran Church in America Today

Fast coming up on the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, what is the Reformation in its present form – right here and right now?

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In 1971, the LCMS had a membership of 2,772,648. By 2010, that number was about 2,270,921, a drop of about 500,000 people. Since their peak in the late 1950s, child baptisms are down 70 percent and adult converts are down 47 percent. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

Reversing the LCMS membership decline: not just by having more children

LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison comments on two major demographic studies about the Synod.

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Free: resource to guide church-planting efforts

The new “Mission Field: USA — A Resource for Church Planting” addresses cultural changes and integrates the “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” emphasis into a framework for doing missions.

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US church planting: A new initiative for the LCMS

The LCMS is in the beginning stages of creating a church-planting initiative to help districts, circuits and congregations.

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Synod church planters look to ‘where we aren’t’ in America

A dozen national mission leaders gather for an April 4 roundtable to look at the future of LCMS church planting.

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