Urban and Inner-City Mission

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.

Running the Race Already Won

Big City Mission wants to keep fighting the good fight and finish the race and keep the faith to help our LCMS urban schools.

Wounds, Scars and Bloody Death in the City: A Good Friday Reflection

– Her first day as our deaconess fieldworker, she rushed to the HUD facility on our campus to come to the aid of an elderly woman who slipped in the shower. The elderly woman’s arm dangled in mangled pieces, she…

Urban-mission roundtable: Can Church assist in economic development?

Participants in the Feb. 20 meeting discuss whether Lutherans can help improve the quality of life and economic opportunities in low-income neighborhoods.

ALMA Conference Devotion, Jan. 30, 2015, “Loving the Unloveable of the World”

“…spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” we are told by the writer of the letter to the Hebrews. Stirring someone on to serve in good deeds is a noble task and can be achieved by the Law. But to the love the unloveable, that can only come from Christ’s love for you, and is motivated by the Gospel. And it is only by a living, active faith, in love, that a good deed can truly be called good.