Outreach Training - Join the Team
How does one become a team member of The 72?
The 72 are looking for people who have a compassion for the unchurched. Team members have an active awareness of Christ’s grace in their lives. Most have experience in evangelism ministry that might provide insight for and benefit other congregations.
Members of The 72 can be individuals or couples who will serve in teams typically made up of two or three members. A large congregation or multi-congregation assignment may require a team of four individuals. Members do not need to be church workers, but an interest in and gift of facilitating/leading a group is suggested.
Members of The 72 must be members in good standing in an LCMS congregation.
How much time is required from my personal schedule?
Each congregation partnership can be varied in length, between three consecutive weeks, and four weekends in one twelve month period of time. Usually, those who apply are retired.
Preparation time prior to the assignment may become shorter as a team is more experienced in the ministry, but for the first few assignments, a team should expect to spend about 10 hours a week preparing for their role in the partnership at least three to four weeks before arriving on site. Applicants should have this much time available to partner with a congregation.
How much does it cost to become a team member of The 72?
There is no cost. The 72 ministry understands that its members are volunteers and are not paid to partner with congregations. All costs are covered by the congregation being served.
TO BE TRAINED:
The 72, through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod's Office of National Mission, covers the cost for the on-site training’s room, food and transportation. Onsite training is required in addition to some online preparatory course work.
WHILE PARTNERING WITH A CONGREGATION:
The congregation accepts the responsibility of providing housing, food and reimbursement for the travel expenses of all team members.
How do I become a member of The 72 ministry?
Request an application from The 72 by calling 888-THE LCMS (888-843-5267) or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and requesting that an application be sent to you.
Download Application Form
After The 72 receives your application, two requests for letters of reference will be sent to the names you provided on the application. Once these are received, the application and reference responses are processed for consideration. Applicants will be notified of approval of admittance for training by The 72 through an e-mail or written letter.
When is the next training event?
The next training event is scheduled for September 2014. It will take place at Our Lady Of The Snows in Belleville, Illinois.