Board for International Mission

The LCMS Board for International Mission is charged with developing and determining policies in support of mission and ministry in foreign countries for the Office of International Mission.

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From the 2013 Handbook (Bylaw 3.8.3):

The Board for International Mission is charged with developing and determining policies in support of mission and ministry in foreign countries for the Office of International Mission (Bylaw 1.2.1 [m]).

These policies shall embrace and apply the mission and ministry emphases adopted by the national convention. Under the leadership of the President of the Synod, pursuant to Bylaw, the board shall assist in identifying the specific goals for the Office of International Mission. Policies determined by the board (implemented by staff) may include but not be limited to:

  • Strong mission leadership
  • Training of missionaries
  • Ministry for all of the Synod’s military personnel
  • Safeguarding the rights of partner churches
  • Ministry for all civilians and their dependents overseas
  • International human care
  • Liaison with the colleges, universities, and seminaries of the Synod
  • Liaison with the chief ecumenical officer of the Synod
  • International schools

Upon the recommendation of the Office of International Mission, the board shall serve as the only sending agency through which workers and funds are sent to the foreign mission areas of the Synod, including the calling, appointing, assigning, withdrawing, and releasing of missionaries (ministers of religion—ordained and ministers of religion—commissioned) and other workers for the ministries in foreign areas.

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June 2016 Reporter insert highlights international mission efforts and guiding principles:

 Gospel-Bearing Tools: People, Policies, Protocols

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Recent Activity

Board for International Mission – Reporter
BNM, BIM, COP hold first meetings of new triennium
Friday, November 22, 2019 2:19:12 PM

Convention continues balloting for Synod boards
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 11:19:30 AM

BIM hears about Synod finances, challenges in Africa, cross-cultural ministry
Monday, June 24, 2019 8:57:14 AM

Board for International Mission turns attention to Asia
Friday, February 22, 2019 1:12:47 PM

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Board Members

The membership of the Board for International Mission is outlined in the 2013 Handbook (Bylaw

The Board for International Mission shall be comprised of eleven members:

1. Five laypersons and five individual members of the Synod (one of each from each region of the Synod) elected in the same manner as are regional members of the Board of Directors of the Synod (see Bylaws 3.12.1 and

2. The President of the Synod or his representative

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