LCMS Mission Support
We support a number of missionaries. Most are affliliated with LCMS World Mission
LCMS World Mission is the global Gospel outreach of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, a confessional Lutheran church with more than 6,000 congregations and 2.5 million members in North America.
Our ministry work is focused in three areas: International Mission, National Mission, and Ministry to the Armed Forces.
Working together with partner churches and other mission-minded organizations, districts, and congregations, our global mission focuses on mission multiplication—multiplying the number of believers sharing their faith—through:
- Church Planting and Mission Revitalization
- Leadership Development
- Strategic Mission Development
- Global Multiplication
LCMS World Mission currently has active work or mission relationships in approximately 88 countries and maintains a total global missionary team of approximately 1,110—including missionaries, international educators, personnel, military chaplains, and staff.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has been involved in mission and outreach since 1851 when it established its first mission board. Today, LCMS World Mission trains, sends, and supports called and appointed career, long-term, and short-time missionaries throughout the United States and in various countries around the world where there are mission stations, partner churches, schools, or mission relationships.
Role of a Missionary
The main priority of a missionary is to bring the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who have never heard the Good News. LCMS missionaries usually share that Good News in the language of the people they serve. When the Holy Spirit begins to gather people into Christian fellowship, missionaries assist these new Christians in forming their own indigenous church leaders. LCMS missionary teams are made up of people who focus on planting churches, leadership formation or some type of locally initiated holistic services in areas of health, agriculture, community development, English-as-a-Foreign-Language classes or partner support activities. Missionary teachers also serve in international schools where missionary children, expatriates, and often national children attend. Agricultural and medical missionaries are utilized when their work will strategically contribute towards reaching and gathering a communities of believers, so that churches can be planted.
Missionaries usually spend a good deal of time when they first arrive on the field developing language skills and learning about the culture and mastering a foreign language.
The overall LCMS mission "team" consists of ordained pastors, directors of Christian education, directors of Christian outreach, deaconesses, teachers, lay ministers, Directors of Parish music, medical professionals, agriculturalists, vicars, church work program interns, retired Lutheran laity, and college graduates. All are scattered across the globe working together with national partners to tell the Good News of the salvation that is found only in Jesus Christ.