Recognized Service Organizations (RSOs)

DOXOLOGY: Finding Lutheran ‘voice’ on same-sex issues

Hosted by DOXOLOGY, the “Finding Our Voice” National Insight conference is set for Aug. 12-13 at Saint Louis University.

From foster care to adulthood

In 2014, the LCMS gave a grant of $30,000 to Lutheran Social Services of the South for a new program that helps young people who “age out” of the foster-care system in Austin, Texas, become self-sufficient adults.

Lutheran Bible Translators relocating to Concordia, Mo.

The 50-year-old Bible-translation ministry plans to move to the campus of Saint Paul Lutheran High School by September.

Laborers strengthen outreach to Native American students

Laborers For Christ works with Lutheran Indian Ministries to build a new campus-ministry center at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan.

Offering ‘Christ-Centered Services’ with Freedom

Increasingly, Christian and faith-based organizations are facing pressure to provide services without regard to sexual orientation, marital status or gender identity, even if it runs contrary to their religious beliefs or convictions. Read how one LCMS Recognized Service Organization in Iowa is taking a stand in the public square for religious liberty, life and marriage in the name of Christ.

Forging Mission Partnerships through God’s Grace

Forums, or “foros” as they are known in Latin America, have been created to provide a platform for LCMS entities in the United States to plug into the mission of the church abroad.

Recognized Service Organizations: Expanding the Synod’s Mission and Ministry

Meet two of the LCMS’ 320 Recognized Service Organizations, which extend the mission and ministry of the Synod by meeting the needs of others.

Service Opportunities – July 2013

Jesus comes to serve you, and He does. He also has given you the gift of serving your neighbors — those people He has placed in your life. So, join us in receiving all that God has to give. Then turn right around in joyful service and love those in your midst. Thanks be to God, we know you can, and we pray you will.

An Ounce of Prevention

By providing retreats and workshops for church workers, congregations and ministry teams, Grace Place Lutheran Wellness Ministries strives to provide preventive “pause points” that help LCMS church workers achieve balance and wellness in all areas of life.

Emotional and Spiritual Healing for Hurting Church Workers

Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat in Arizona, an RSO of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, offers weeklong retreats for the emotional and spiritual healing of hurting church workers.

Network of Mercy

A Recognized Service Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is independent of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), but its operations foster the mission and ministry of the church, its program activities are in harmony with the Synod, and it agrees to respect and not act contrary to the doctrine and practice of the Synod.

Wheat Ridge announces ‘new, improved’ grant programs

Wheat Ridge Ministries in Itasca, Ill., has made changes to two grant programs that will enable grant applications to be submitted — and funded — more often.

Patton installed as coordinator of RSOs

Deaconess Cara Patton of Butte, Mont., is installed Sept. 9 as coordinator of the Synod’s Recognized Service Organizations program.

Reaching Out Through a Network of Ministry

Nonprofits that are granted LCMS Recognized Service Organization (RSO) status help extend the reach of the LCMS by addressing human, social, economic, educational and spiritual needs of people within their communities nationwide.

Providing Grants to Support Hands-on Ministries

LCMS grants, which are distributed through the offices of National and International Mission, offer domestic and international grants that address at least one of the six mission priorities of the Synod.

Open Arms sponsors retreat for child-care directors

The Open Arms Institute is sponsoring a Directors Retreat for child-care center directors and assistant directors July 31-Aug. 2 in Atlanta.