Urban and Inner-City Mission

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.

VBS groups give $92,000 for urban Lutheran schools

“Big City Mission: Tools for School” is the mission project included in Concordia Publishing House’s 2015 “Camp Discovery” vacation Bible school program.

New Pilot Project Sends Domestic Missionary into ‘the Margins’

The Rev. Peter M. Burfeind serves as campus pastor at the University of Toledo. As a new domestic missionary, Burfeind works in inner-city neighborhoods with community advocates.

Registration opens for Oct. 12-14 urban-ministry conference

The conference at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., will target ways the church can bring Christ’s love to America’s greatest mission fields.

Desperate Times don’t Demand Desperate Measures – Keep Calm and Reform On

There is no doubt this was a difficult Summer for Christians in America. It felt like one blow after another on our religious freedoms. There were landmark decisions regarding marriage, and many embattled consciences over the abortion industry being exposed…

Hearing and Doing the Word, St Lawrence Deacon & Martyr, Devotion

When ordered to produce the “treasures of the Church” to be given to the Roman Emperor, St Lawrence brought the poor before him. For this act, he would be jailed and later executed. Lawrence would be known for hischarity and mercy shown to the least. But how is it that we, who are by nature, sinful and unclean, can be doers of the Word and care for others?

Food, fun, faith mark Ferguson’s ‘Day of Hope’

More than 3,200 visitors from Ferguson, Mo., and nearby communities receive free goods and services from the LCMS and other area churches and agencies at the July 25 event.

LCMS, partners break ground for Ferguson ‘Empowerment Center’

They will offer job training and other assistance through the Community Empowerment Center of Ferguson when it opens next summer. At far left is the Synod’s Rev. Steven Schave.