Synod disaster responders visit victims to assess the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew amid flooding in the Carolinas and an outbreak of cholera in Haiti.
“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.
Meeting Sept. 8-9 in St. Louis, the Synod’s Board of Directors welcomes three new members, elects its leaders, adopts six resolutions and hears reports.
Contributions will support national and international mission programs and projects related to the Synod’s threefold emphasis.
Those of us serving the Synod’s corporate headquarters, especially those within Mission Advancement, are bound by God’s Word — in passages like Phil. 4:8 — and by this code as we work alongside anyone who has or is considering making a charitable investment in our Synod’s work.
Donors are “stewards” of God’s material blessings and a vital partner in the ministry responsibilities handed to us by the Synod at-large. You have rights as a donor, and I’d like to share a few things the LCMS is morally and ethically obligated to do for you.
The LCMS equips pastors, directors of Christian outreach, directors of Christian outreach, school teachers and others to support the parent’s task of raising up a child in the way God wants that child to go.
We are beginning to overtly encourage God’s people to consider giving an annual unrestricted (undesignated) donation to the LCMS. I’ve been told that I’m off my rocker for even thinking about doing this. So, why do it?
The online catalog provides information about specific national and international mission projects open to receiving special gifts and offerings.
And there are a variety of ways you can contribute: by mail, in person, over the phone and online.
Building partnerships — and building friendships — is so vitally important to our team because Mission Advancement is not about getting money. It is very much about working with and alongside God’s stewards all over the United States.
Four of the six matching or challenge-match initiatives support core LCMS work and the other two target special opportunities to extend the Synod’s impact in the world.
For every person who volunteers as a way of stewarding the Gospel of our Lord using the most precious of His resources — your special talents and your time, regardless of age or life experiences — thank you.
Cindy L. Simpson begins Dec. 15 as director of the Synod’s Joint Seminary Fund, with LCMS Mission Advancement.
Mark Hofman, executive director of LCMS Mission Advancement, warns that there are risks to not planning ahead as Dec. 31 approaches.