Ministry to the Armed Forces

LCMS awaits response from DoD in request to protect troops’ religious freedom

It remains unclear if Department of Defense (DoD) officials will respond to the Synod’s Sept. 8 request to ensure protections for chaplains, service members and others, following the DoD’s recently mandated LGBT policies.

Gard’s retirement ceremony highlights vital mission of military chaplains

Rear Adm. Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Gard, president of Concordia University Chicago, retires with honors from the U.S Navy Reserve after 28 years as a Naval Reserve Chaplain, Sept. 22.

So Help Me God: October-December 2016 Newsletter

This issue of So Help Me God from the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces highlights how God is present in our suffering. The quarterly newsletter shares reminders of this promise and the fact that we can find comfort in the Bible — God’s Holy Word.

New BIM members learn scope of international work

“I give thanks to God that I’m able to be a part of it,” said new LCMS Board for International Mission member Rev. Roberto Rojas at the board’s first meeting of the new triennium.

Protecting troops’ religious freedom: LCMS calls for clear DoD guidance

The Synod sends a formal request to the Secretary of Defense to ensure specific protections for chaplains, service members and other defense personnel, as Christian service members face increasing pressures in today’s military.

LCMS letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense: Protecting religious freedom for our troops

The LCMS has submitted a formal request to the Secretary of Defense to ensure specific protections for chaplains, service members, medical personnel, DoD civilians and other DoD-affiliated employees, per the recently mandated LGBT Pride Month and the new DoD policies on transgender service members, which include in-service gender transitions while serving in the military.

Convention delegates reaffirm chaplains’ right to free exercise of conscience

Also adopted July 12 by delegates to the 66th Regular LCMS convention in Milwaukee was a resolution in support of the Synod’s three international schools.

Convention recognizes military chaplains, missionaries

The 2016 LCMS convention applauds the ministry of military chaplains and celebrates nearly doubling the number of LCMS career missionaries in the past three years.

Ministry to the Armed Forces: ensuring pastoral care for our military members

LCMS chaplains serve our Lord, His church and our nation with courage and integrity, as they provide pastoral care and support to those who defend our nation. Through efforts like Operation Barnabas, the Ministry to the Armed Forces provides training and guidance to local congregations to care for and to support to our military members, their families and veterans in our local communities.

So Help Me God: July-September 2016 Newsletter

In this issue of So Help Me God from the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, the topic of serving our neighbors when they are hurting is discussed. Suggestions as to what we should say and do at these times are shared. In addition, advice on how to uphold the Eighth Commandment on Facebook is given.

KFUO Audio: The vocation of chaplains

During an interview with KFUO Radio’s Joanie Harwell on May 13, the Rev. Tristan Engle, who is preparing to serve as a U.S. Navy chaplain, and the Rev. Craig Muehler, director of LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, talk about becoming a chaplain in the armed forces.

KFUO Audio: Free To Be Faithful – Religious Freedom in the Military

Rev. Craig Muehler, director of LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, and Daniel Briggs, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, discussed religious freedom in the military with moderator Kip Allen during a May 18 program on KFUO Radio.

So Help Me God: April-June 2016 Newsletter

In this issue of So Help Me God from the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, information is provided about The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s project Operation Barnabas. Operation Barnabas seeks to train and equip people in our congregations to reach out to veterans and their families.

KFUO Audio: Interview with Chaplain Steve Hokana about LCMS’ Ministry to the Armed Forces

KFUO Radio’s Andy Bates talks with Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Steven Hokana, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Assistant Director of Ministry to the Armed Forces, about Hokana’s new position. Hokana helps oversee the Synod’s ministry to U.S. service members, veterans and their families.

‘Legendary’ LCMS armed forces ministry leader dies

Chaplain Rev. Dr. Milton Ernstmeyer, past executive secretary of the Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces, dies Feb. 5 at the age of 99.