Get Involved

The LCMS encourages you to get involved in the life of the church and offers several ways for you to share your talents and gifts.


One of the most important ways you can get involved is to make a commitment to pray.    


Help and Serve

Is God calling you to service?  Whether through volunteering or a career in church work, the LCMS offers many opportunities for you to get involved.

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Recognized Service Organizations (RSOs)

Do your organization’s values align with the doctrine and practice of the LCMS?  Consider getting involved by applying for RSO status with the LCMS.  These independent organizations agree to foster the mission and ministry of the LCMS through their programs and services and ensure their programs are in harmony with the doctrine and practice of the LCMS.  
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Domestic Development Grants

Get involved in your community by applying for a grant through the Office of National Misssion.

  • Domestic Development Grants
    Domestic development grants are offered to LCMS groups engaged in human care ministry. Highest priority is given to new or expanded programs that reach out in mercy in the name of Christ and meet a real human care need in the community.
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  • Servant Event Grants
    Congregations, camps and Recognized Service Organizations (RSOs) whose servant event(s) are registered through the Youth Ministry office and listed on the website are eligible applicants.
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Interested in employment and careers open now at the International Center?  Or maybe with a Recognized Service Organization? 

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Church Work

Interested in learning more about getting involved in a career in church work?  There are all kinds of ways you can serve the church using your gifts and talents.

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

A contribution designated (restricted) for a specific purpose, when accepted, will be used only to fund expenses related to that purpose. Occasionally, we may receive more in contributions for a particular purpose than can be wisely applied to it in the foreseeable future or the purpose may cease to be feasible. In these situations, the LCMS will make reasonable attempts to contact contributors to apply their contribution toward another aspect of ministry that aligns closely the contributor’s goals and values. If a contributor cannot be contacted, the LCMS will use the gift to meet a similar pressing need that most closely matches the contributor's original intent.

Consistent with Synod Board policy and in recognition of a more challenging economic and philanthropic/fundraising environment due to inflationary pressure, not more than 12.5 percent of any charitable contribution will be allocated to administering gifts and communicating with contributors. Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

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