church planting

Webinars, podcasts support urban mission, church planting

The online resources from LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission and LCMS Church Planting are available at no cost.

January’s ‘Witness’: Magazine on a ‘Mission’

The Epiphany issue, “Light for All Nations,” examines a range of topics relating to missions and evangelism.

Boards and Business – International, National Mission hold regular meetings

The LCMS Board for International Mission met May 30–31, and the LCMS Board for National Mission met June 14–15 in St. Louis.

Reaching out with the Gospel in Albuquerque: Mission Field: USA church calls first pastor

On April 8, the Rev. Adam DeGroot was installed as the first pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, N.M. St. Andrew is a church plant of the LCMS Rocky Mountain District in partnership with Mission Field: USA.

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.

‘Reporter’ Insert: It’s Time to Plant

A March 2018 Supplement to the Reporter highlights the Mission Field:USA, an LCMS Office of National Mission initiative to develop partnerships between struggling inner-city and rural congregations and healthy congregations that desire to help these ministries restart.

‘Mission Field: USA’ new online tool ‘first of its kind’ in LCMS

The self-paced online tool is a companion to the Mission Field: USA guidebook.

The End of the World and the Coming of Christ – An Advent Devotion for the Mission of the Church

John 14:25–31 25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance…

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

KFUO Audio: Interview about ‘Mission Field: USA’ with Rev. Schave, Rev. Burfeind

KFUO Radio host Andy Bates talks with Rev. Steve Schave, director, LCMS Church Planting, and Rev. Peter Burfeind about national mission work. Rev. Burfeind is a domestic missionary serving in campus ministry at the University of Toledo and in the struggling inner city of Toledo, Ohio, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Student Ministry.

There’s much to dislike about politics!

Though it can be difficult, ministers are challenged to approach every individual as a child of God’s love — regardless of the person’s politics, personality or pedigree.