Helpful Resources for RSOs
The LCMS in Social Ministry
What does it mean to be Lutheran in social ministry?
A person seeking services may ask, “How can I tell if it is a Lutheran social service agency?” Someone working in an agency may ask, “How do we demonstrate to people that being Lutheran is an important part of who we are and what we do?” The Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, LCMS President, explains what a Lutheran social ministry organization should consider in living out its Lutheran identity with integrity to the Gospel, Lutheran traditions and the church.
- Read entire Christ’s Mercy essay series
Faith Active in Love: Human Care in the Church’s Life
Do you want to respond to needs in your community? Is your congregation considering whether to establish a food pantry or low-income housing for the elderly? This report by the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations provides thoughtful consideration on how Christians can integrate loving concern for neighbors.
How is LCMS Life Ministry connected to social ministry?
LCMS Life Ministry strives to provide encouragement and support for social ministry agencies as these organizations care for those facing sanctity of life decisions.
Topics of Interest
KFUO Interview — Project Compassion Ministries
Eric Stenson, Executive Director of Project Compassion Ministries, talks about how they strive to bring a sense of wholeness to the spirit, mind and body through their Love Bus and Chaplain Ministries.
The Contemporary Debate on Homosexual Clergy
This essay by Dr. Armin Wenz, a pastor in the Independent Lutheran Church in Germany, brings clarity and guidance to a much-debated issue. His words offer biblically focused insights for Lutheran agencies.
Christian Care at Life’s End
How do we care for one another at life’s end? How do we receive care at life's end? This 1993 report by the Commission on Theology and Church Relations remains pertinent to complex problems. Basic guiding principles are presented for dealing with the topics of mercy killing, advanced directives, spiritual care at life's end and handling end-of-life decisions.
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