Serving Church Workers

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

“If one member suffers, all suffer together…” (1 Cor. 12:26)

Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod members care about pastors, teachers and other church workers who teach us about Jesus and dedicate their lives to sharing God’s love.

To lend a hand to those servants when financial crises hit, the LCMS established two ministries — “Soldiers of the Cross” and “Veterans of the Cross.”


Veterans of the Cross

Provides small, periodic stipends and pastoral care for church work retirees (or their surviving spouses) who struggle to pay for basic living expenses, such as medicine or utility bills. Administered by Concordia Plan Services, the fund relies on donations raised by the LCMS.

Learn more about Veterans of the Cross


Soldiers of the Cross

Assists current church workers with transitional or emergency financial needs, typically for one to three months, and offers pastoral care and case management. Employment and health challenges often trigger the need for SOTC, which depends solely on contributions through the Synod.

Learn more about Soldiers of the Cross


Needs are growing for both ministries, especially during economically tough times when already modest pensions and salaries can be stretched thin by illness, layoffs and other financial crises.

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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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