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LCMS 2019 Handbook (Bylaw 3.8.2):

The Board for National Mission is charged with developing and determining policies for the coordination of and in support of district ministries which support congregations and schools (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 National Mission.

Policies determined by the board (implemented by staff) may include but not be limited to:

  • Strong national mission leadership
  • Lutheran school ministries and accreditation
  • Human care and domestic mercy efforts
  • Stewardship
  • Evangelism
  • Church planting and revitalization
  • Youth ministry

Upon recommendation of the Office of National Mission, the Board for National Mission shall serve as a calling agency for institutional and agency chaplains and other non-foreign specialized ministers (e.g., Veterans Administration chaplains, Bureau of Prison chaplains, hospital chaplains, pastoral counselors, and teachers of chaplaincy and pastoral counseling) after consultation with the appropriate district president(s) (cf. Bylaw


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Board for National Mission – Reporter
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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 National Mission is outlined in the 2019 Handbook (Bylaw

The Board for National 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 (Bylaws 3.12.1 and

2. The President of the Synod or his representative

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