National Mission: Lutheran Study Bibles for Youth Servant Events
Allocation Amount: $20,000
FY2017 Funding Required: $20,000
Project Oversight: Rev. Mark Kiessling, Director – LCMS Youth Ministry
Account Number: 24693-YG9003
Emphasis: Life Together
Description: Young people who attended the 2016 LCMS Youth Gathering in New Orleans received a copy of Concordia Publishing House’s The Lutheran Study Bible, funded by a part of their registration fees and a gracious, youth-centered partnership with CPH. The resource of God’s Word, paired with additional study aids and tools, teaches the faith and supports the understanding of God’s truth and His love for us in Jesus Christ. An allocation of $20,000 from the 2016-19 National Offering is making it possible for the Youth Ministry Department in the Office of National Mission to provide a copy of The Lutheran Study Bible free of charge for up to 1,666 additional young people who will participate in the series of 2016-17 LCMS Servant Events, set to take place all across the United States.
What this allocation pays for: As noted above, funds will provide up to 1,666 copies of The Lutheran Study Bible (CPH) for youth participating in Servant Events — at least for those youth who don’t already have one — so they can deepen their understanding of God’s Word.
National Mission: Hope Center Ferguson (Missouri) Support
Allocation Amount: $70,000
Estimated Annual Funding Required: $134,444 (post construction)
Project Oversight: Rev. Steve Schave, Director – LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission
Account Number: ETH113-25813
Emphases: Mercy, Witness
Description:The Hope Center is planned to be at the epicenter of unrest that rippled across the nation starting in August 2014. The area will now have the opportunity to be the center of hope. The new Center will provide ways to address factors that have caused division. The goal is to work with local authorities and agencies, business owners, and residents. The Center will offer tutoring, mentoring and character-building programs focusing on the age group of 9 -18 years old.
What this allocation pays for: National Offering gifts will underwrite the first year of lease payments for space within the new Urban League Empowerment Center (9420 W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, MO 63136) and operating expenses (utilities, insurance, etc.). The multi-partner Urban League Empowerment Center is being built at the site of a convenience store set on fire August 10, 2014, during the first evening of civil unrest in Ferguson. The LCMS is not constructing nor will it own the building.
Note: The Synod’s domestic missionary assigned to the Center, Rev. Micah Glenn, is being funded by a special network of prayer and financial partners under the Network Supported Missionary [NSM] model.
National Mission: Looking at Life in the Womb (Elementary Edition)
Allocation Amount: $9,514
FY2017 Funding Required: $10,000
Project Oversight: Rev. Bart Day, Executive Director – LCMS Office of National Mission
Account Number: NM7006-26506
Emphases: Mercy, Life Together
Description: This project spotlights the sanctity of human life for grade-school students. The curriculum and video make use of ultrasound technology and are age appropriate. Students discover that life in the womb is created in the image of God. The program stresses the value of protecting and defending life. This edition has built-in flexibility in that both Lutheran and public schools can use the material. LCMS Life Ministry will develop the project.
What the allocation pays for: Funds will cover the cost of age-appropriate curriculum materials, including a special video.
National Mission: Disaster Program – Gift Cards
Allocation Amount: $9,686
FY2017 Funding Required: Minimum of $13,333; no maximum
Project Oversight: Rev. Ross Johnson, Director – LCMS Disaster Response
Account Number: NM8003-26680
Description: News of a disaster striking a community moves everyone. We all want to provide immediate help to affected families. Gift cards offer an incredibly effective way to give physical assistance. Donations to this project allow for the purchase of gift cards, which supply food, clothing, tools and diapers to those in real hardship following a disaster. Gift cards fill immediate needs and build relationships, affording congregations the opportunity to care for neighbors in both body and soul.
What this allocation pays for: Gifts to the National Offering will make possible 96 pre-loaded gift cards that can be handed to disaster victims by local congregation members and disaster responders in the first days following an event (flood, fire, hurricane, tornado, etc.).
National Mission: Every One His Witness (Lay Evangelism Training)
Allocation Amount: $15,000
FY2017 Funding Required: $61,000
Project Oversight: Rev. Mark Wood, Director – LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry, Revitalization
Account Number: 26A130 A14130
Emphases: Witness, Life Together
Description: The Every One His Witness (E1HW) evangelism program provides training and resources to equip LCMS members to be more active and effective witnesses of Jesus Christ in their everyday lives. The initial training for E1HW participants is through a core-module workshop. Currently this workshop is conducted by an outside facilitator in a one-day setting. In order to be able to provide resources to a greater number of LCMS members, reduce the costs of conducting the workshop, and offer more flexible scheduling options, the core-module workshop will be developed into a format enabling a local person to serve as the facilitator for that particular workshop.
What the allocation pays for: The allocation will make possible the development and distribution of a version of the core-module workshop that can be conducted by a local, ad hoc facilitator.
National Mission: re:Vitality (Revitalization)
Allocation Amount: $15,000
FY2017 Funding Required: $133,712
Project Director: Rev. Mark Wood, Director – LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry, Revitalization
Account Number: 26A131 A14131
Emphasis: Life Together
Description: The re:Vitality revitalization program addresses revitalization by helping LCMS congregations become more effective at inviting, welcoming and receiving people from outside of the Church. The equipping component of re:Vitality is made up of multiple training modules, each addressing a particular aspect of congregational renewal. Developing a training module involves producing video instruction by a subject-matter expert, workshop exercises, a participant’s workbook, a facilitator’s guide, and training resources for facilitators and coaches.
What the allocation pays for: Funds will enable the development and release of one training module for the re:Vitality program.