Witness and Outreach Ministry

National mission board begins refining policies

The board also hears updates on the work taking place in the LCMS Office of National Mission.

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.

Gospel’s centrality key to BNM’s work in new triennium

Meeting in St. Louis Sept. 8-9, the Synod’s Board for National Mission hears reports on all 18 ministries of the LCMS Office of National Mission.

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.

KFUO Audio: Interview about LCMS ‘Gospel Seeds’ program

The Rev. Dr. Carlos Hernandez, director, Church and Community Engagement with the LCMS Office of National Mission, talks with KFUO Radio’s Andy Bates about the LCMS program “Planting Gospel Seeds while Serving Human Needs.” The program helps congregations develop ways to enable their neighbors to break the cycles of poverty and struggle.

Delegates adopt two priority ‘National Witness’ resolutions

Delegates to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s 66th Regular Convention on Sunday adopted the first two resolutions presented by the “National Witness” floor committee.

Lent: A Time for Giving Up or Taking Up?

Are we ready for a serious go at journeying through Lent? If so, perhaps we should stop giving up things for Lent and use this sacred time to take up things instead.

Keeping Christ In …

Christ was never meant to be kept, especially in Christmas.

Fiscal conference participants weigh future of Synod

Leaders from across the Synod gather to address priority issues affecting the future of the LCMS.

Uniform of the Day

It’s interesting that when we want our pastors to make themselves publically recognizable we ask them to “put on their collars.” Isn’t that what we need every day in our communities? Doesn’t the declining spiritual condition of America today call for pastors to stand up by, among other ways, standing out?

Infographic: Serve with the LCMS

There are many opportunities to serve The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod at both the national and local levels.

Has Our Witness Gone to the Dogs?

A comfort dog may ease one’s tensions and bring a sense of relief, but a comfort dog can’t bring peace to a person’s soul. For that, God has called upon you to speak the Gospel.

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: “Don’t Go to Egypt”

Being the Remnant Church is a call to the Cross … Our Savior’s urgent plea for His Remnant Church — for our sake as well as for the sake of those who are perishing around us — is “Don’t go to Egypt.”

The Question of Revitalization

The church can be the church she is called to be without being liked, appreciated, or favored by the culture in which she exists. Indeed, we may even find that we can more readily be a faithful church when we are not liked, appreciated, or favored.