Urban and Inner-City Mission

Convention delegates select emphases for national witness

The LCMS turns its attention toward revitalization, work among Hmong and Hispanic peoples and establishing Rosa J. Young academies.

‘And who is my neighbor?’ A Sermon on the Good Samaritan

All of the division and strife that plagues our nation comes down to this, “And who is my neighbor?”

Bringing God’s Word of hope and healing to Ferguson

Ferguson, Mo., native Rev. Micah Glenn is beginning his first call as a pastor with The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. He is the executive director of the Lutheran Hope Center in Ferguson and he will serve nearby Grace Lutheran Chapel in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo.

US church planting: A new initiative for the LCMS

The LCMS is in the beginning stages of creating a church-planting initiative to help districts, circuits and congregations.

KFUO Audio: Interview about ‘Mission Field: USA’ with Rev. Schave, Rev. Burfeind

KFUO Radio host Andy Bates talks with Rev. Steve Schave, director, LCMS Church Planting, and Rev. Peter Burfeind about national mission work. Rev. Burfeind is a domestic missionary serving in campus ministry at the University of Toledo and in the struggling inner city of Toledo, Ohio, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Student Ministry.

Photo gallery: Service of Sending for new national missionaries

The Rev. Peter Burfeind and the Rev. Adam DeGroot were blessed and sent out as the first two “Mission Field: USA” national missionaries during a service on Jan. 12, 2016, at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Sending Service Homily – 1/12/16

… it’s a full out Kodak moment that will make the headlines… a new era of LCMS missions, pioneers being sent into Mission Field : USA, what a glorious day with all the pomp and circumstance due to a living, breathing urban missionary. And then she had to come in.

An Out-of-the-Box Missionary

The LCMS is actively partnering with districts, congregations and Recognized Service Organizations to place missionaries like the Rev. Adam DeGroot in Philadelphia.

Grants Support Gospel Proclamation at 45 Urban Lutheran Schools

Forty-five LCMS schools in urban areas all over the country recently got some surprising news: They were nominated by their district education executive to receive a grant of approximately $2,200 from LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission (UICM).

Summer in the City

LCMS Urban & Inner City Mission had the privilege to help support four summer urban vicarages in an effort to train up future urban missionaries. This included Martini Lutheran, Baltimore, MD; Bethlehem, Fort Wayne, IN; First Trinity, Pittsburgh, PA; and Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, Springfield, PA.

The Final Judgment

What sort of King is this? Who would set aside the riches of His heavenly Kingdom to step into my poverty… who set aside his royal diadem for a crown of thorns, who hung naked from a tree to robe me in His righteousness, who shed His blood and poured Himself out that every drop would be a payment for my sins… What sort of King is this? He is the king of mercy!

Sincere Care & Small Catechism Bolster Hispanic Outreach

Door-knocking by those trained for outreach has an increasing number of folks asking, “Que creen los Luteranos?” — or “What do Lutherans believe?”

‘Stand Firm’ conference urges moving into city ‘mission field’

Those at the Oct. 12-14 conference hear that becoming an urban missionary can be as simple as relocating to a city and being involved neighbors who have connections to a local church.

UICM resources chronicle triumphs and tragedy of inner-city mission

Resources made available during the LCMS Urban & Inner City Mission (UICM) conference, Oct. 12-14 at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., are now available online.

LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission documentary: ‘We Believe in the Resurrection’

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Urban and Inner-City Mission presents a documentary that recounts the nearly five-year journey of a church and its community rebounding amid inner-city strife and socio-economic challenges.

‘My Night of Living Homeless’

In “My Night of Living Homeless,” the Rev. Steve Schave, the LCMS director of Urban & Inner-City Mission, narrates his firsthand experience of living among a group of inner-city homeless people in Cincinnati.