2019-21 National Offering

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

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Every three years, our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod meets in convention to determine mission and ministry priorities for the coming three years. This year, we will gather in Tampa under the theme “Joy:fully Lutheran.”

As part of the preparation for the triennial convention, LCMS households, congregations and organizations are invited and encouraged to participate in a Synodwide gathering of special gifts called the National Offering. The 2019 National Offering theme is “Joy to the World.”

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16–18). This triennium’s National Offering provides Lutherans across the country an opportunity to reflect their joy in the Gospel and their thankfulness to God for His gifts in Christ.

Gifts to the 2019 LCMS National Offering — which can be made at any time — will empower the work God has given us to do in His name to bring joy to the world, as we vigorously make known the Good News of Jesus Christ, that all might rejoice and give thanks to God our heavenly Father.



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    The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
    2019 LCMS National Offering
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    St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

Worldwide KFUO — National Offering: An Extension of Baptismal Identity

The Rev. Kevin Robson, LCMS Chief Mission Officer, highlights the projects that happened thanks to last convention’s National Offering, and he talks about the 2019 National Offering being “an extension of baptismal identity in places [they] may not be able to go.”

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