Urban and Inner-City Mission

Reflecting on the Baptism of Our Lord: Water in the City

Toxins may seep into the water supply of our major cities, just as sin is flowing in deep supply. But the church brings water in mercy for the body and the soul.

The Skeptic Among Us

Neighborhood renewal is a good thing for the church if it is a grassroots effort that does not displace the neighbors we are called to serve. And if done well there is an influx of new neighbors … but how will we engage them?

U.S. 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.

Planting a Reformation

“Revitalization of the Synod shall come from neither missions nor more synodical power: The Word is the only remedy,” said Friedrich Pfotenhauer. When we plant churches, we plant the Word, and with it we bring reformation to the church at large.

The Death of St John the Baptist Homily

To be a witness today and confess our faith is not for the faint of heart as the account of the death of John the Baptist reminds us. And yet we know that Christ has won the victory over death and so there is nothing left to fear or restrain our confession.

Board approves matching funds to boost urban/inner-city mission

In addition to adopting several other actions at its Aug. 22 meeting, the Synod’s Board of Directors held its triennial retreat.

Newlyweds share ‘terror’ of Ferguson riots; Synod responds with prayer, presence

Amid the racially charged protests in Ferguson, Mo., Lutherans are doing what they can to bring peace.

Audio interview: Dealing with unrest

The Rev. Steve Schave, director of Urban & Inner-City Mission, and the Rev. Dr. John Nunes, Emil and Elfriede Jochum professor and chair at Valparaiso University, discuss ministry in urban areas as well as the unrest unfolding in Ferguson, Mo., and around the world. KFUO Interview — Aug. 13, 2014.

Video: ‘Life Together in Community: They Are in the Image of God’

Rev. Steven Schave, director of LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission, explains how this ministry works to boost revitalization efforts and spread the Gospel.

BNM welcomes new members as its work continues

At its May 30-31 meeting, the Synod’s Board for National Mission continues work on refining policies and on a theological statement for mission.

Urban & Inner-City Mission launches new website

The website features what’s happening in LCMS urban mission and a new Facebook page offers updates and a way for followers to connect.

10 Questions with Rev. James Sharp

The Rev. James Sharp is a busy Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod pastor who is leading a dual parish in Maryland.

Urban, inner-city ministry: a ripe mission field

The Synod’s Urban & Inner-City Ministry gets new energy with new director: Rev. Steve Schave.

Life Together

The LCMS Office of National Mission (ONM) works to foster healthy Lutheran congregations that bear witness and have mercy in that same life together.