LCMS Board for International Mission -- From left to right: Rev. Dr. Scott Yakimow; Rev. Terrence Chan; Mr. Jim Wolf, vice chairman; Mr. Michael Hawk, secretary; Mr. John Edson, chairman; Rev. James Douthwaite; Mr. Terence Lung; Rev. James Gier; and Rev. Dr. Daniel Preus.

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Board for International Mission — From left to right: Rev. Dr. Scott Yakimow; Rev. Dr. Terrence Chan; Mr. Jim Wolf, vice chairman; Mr. Michael Hawk, secretary; Mr. John Edson, chairman; Rev. James Douthwaite; Mr. Terence Lung; Rev. James Gier; and Rev. Dr. Daniel Preus.

Note: The photo above was taken in September 2023. View the current board members in the directory.

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LCMS 2019 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 [n]).

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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Board for International Mission – Reporter
Synod officers, board members installed in St. Louis
Thursday, September 21, 2023 1:06:25 PM

Mission boards hold last meetings of quadrennium
Thursday, September 7, 2023 2:18:11 PM

Convention encourages in-person worship, recognizes 50th anniversary of ‘Walkout’
Thursday, August 3, 2023 11:57:26 AM

LCMS convention adopts eight resolutions on structure and administration
Wednesday, August 2, 2023 4:00:53 PM

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LCMS Mission and Ministry Emphases and Priorities

For 2019-2022 Triennium

This resource is offered to help pastors, congregations and circuit visitors prepare for the pending cycle of district conventions. This is in partial fulfillment of LCMS 2019 Convention Resolution 4-04A.

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Board Members

The membership of the Board for International Mission is outlined in the 2019 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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