The Rev. Dr. Carlos Hernandez, director, Church and Community Engagement with the LCMS Office of National Mission, talks with KFUO Radio’s Andy Bates about the LCMS program “Planting Gospel Seeds while Serving Human Needs.” The program helps congregations develop ways to enable their neighbors to break the cycles of poverty and struggle.
From Mercy Medical Teams providing essential medical care around the globe to serving people in urban and rural settings to comforting victims of disasters here at home, mercy is at the heart of everything we do.
Salem Lutheran Church in Springdale, Ark., holds a monthly bilingual worship service for its Hispanic congregation — Iglesia Luterana Cristo Para Todos, or Christ for All Lutheran Church.
There are many opportunities to serve The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod at both the national and local levels.
Rev. Dr. Carlos Hernandez, director, Church and Community Engagement for the LCMS Office of National Mission, talked on Oct. 22, 2014, on KFUO Radio about the Veterans of the Cross ministry, the Soldiers of the Cross ministry and the Gospel Seeds ministry.
The project’s partners say their accomplishments are more about newly built relationships than newly repaired houses.
Church and neighborhood revitalization is alive and well in Fort Wayne, Ind., where the LCMS Office of National Mission, Lutheran Housing Support and three LCMS congregations have joined forces to rehab homes for underprivileged residents.
The “Planting Gospel Seeds While Serving Human Needs” process trains congregations to identify the most critical community challenges so that they can join hands with their neighbors and respond in tangible ways. In the process, closer relationships develop with neighbors, ultimately making new disciples for Christ.
When members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Portland, Ore., saw that a Latino population was growing up around them, they found innovative ways to reach out to their new neighbors thanks to some help from Rev. Carlos Hernandez of Church and Community Engagement. This LCMS ministry helps congregations recognize the changing demographics around them so that they can better identify community needs and outreach opportunities.