revitalization

We have all the volunteers we need

How are we equipping, encouraging, and enabling the people God has given us to serve and volunteer in His mission?

Effective Outreach, Part 4: Effective outreach provides appropriate and appealing entry points into Word and Sacrament ministry

It is up to us to provide ways into the Word and Sacrament ministry of our congregation that ease nonchurched people’s fears and keep them from being intimidated.

Effective Outreach, Part 3: Effective outreach fosters relationship-building

If we can learn to intentionally build relationships with nonchurched people, we will be meeting a tremendous need. And we’ll be opening doors to the Gospel for them.

Effective Outreach, Part 2: Effective outreach creates connections with nonchurched people

Effective outreach is the “planting and watering” (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:5-9) through which a congregation intentionally engages nonchurched people in ways that … provide the congregation with means of continuing contact with the nonchurched people.

What Is Effective Outreach? (Effective Outreach, Part 1)

Effective outreach is a critical element of a congregation’s well-being. What is “effective outreach”?

Six things your congregation can do to get more people involved

We are celebrating the service of volunteers in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Wouldn’t it be great to have more volunteers to celebrate? Here are some ideas to get more people involved … and people more involved.

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.

Discover ways to support LCMS missionaries

For two months every two years, each LCMS missionary family returns to the United States. This is an opportunity for the congregations, groups, and individuals of the LCMS to renew or consider beginning their support of a missionary.

Lutheran Housing Support, partners break ground for more College Hill homes

Four new homes for the historic St. Louis neighborhood are part of an LCMS National Housing Support Corporation initiative.

LCMS Witness & Outreach: re:Vitality and Every One His Witness

re:Vitality and Every One His Witness are separate, robust programs designed to complement and build upon each other. re:Vitality equips congregations and Every One His Witness equips individuals — both with the same purpose: to join in God’s mission to seek and to save the lost.

RSTM conference looks toward future of national mission

The Rev. Mark Wood is among speakers sharing resources at the recent National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference in Wichita, Kan.

Effective Outreach: re:Vitality Connect to Disciple

Would you like to learn how to invite, welcome and receive people to your church? The Connect to Disciple workshop, the first module in the re:Vitality program, is designed to help your congregation develop effective outreach.

A Time to Reap or a Time to Sow?

Are the fields of America white with harvest or do we live and labor in a different season?

Being the Remnant Church: Sow for the Promised Future

In strength or weakness, when we have plenty or when we are in want, as a powerful church or as a remnant church, we sow for this promised future.

Being the Remnant Church: Take Your Stand in the Land

Membership, financial resources, and influence are in decline, even steep decline, in many congregations. Now fewer people with fewer resources and less influence remain to do what the larger, more prosperous, and more favored church failed to do …

Being the Remnant Church: Embrace God’s Purpose for the Remnant

The purpose of the Remnant Church is to bear witness of Jesus in our world so that others would come to faith just as we have. God’s purpose in doing this through a remnant is that we would give Him the honor, praise, and glory that is due Him.