Soldiers of the Cross - COVID-19

Soldiers of the Cross Amplified

A collaborative COVID-19 response initiative

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one
member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Cor. 12:26).

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Updated Feb. 11, 2022

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), Lutheran Church Extension Fund, the 35 districts of the LCMS, and other entities are providing an opportunity for concerned, caring people to help those serving full- or part-time in LCMS congregations, schools, universities, Recognized Service Organizations and other organizations who have been confronted with ministry-disrupting personal crises.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) provided each LCMS district with rapid response funds totaling $1 million and is seeking to raise an additional $1 million from LCEF investors and others.

The LCMS, through the efforts of LCMS Mission Advancement, is seeking to raise $1.5 million to supplement an allocated $1.5 million of donations previously given to fund this kind of mercy/humanitarian assistance work.

To date, God’s people have responded to that call by providing $200,000 in additional funds for this effort, and another $300,000 to provide the “after care” services that will be needed by some LCMS clergy when the pandemic is over.

Through the Synod’s long-standing “Soldiers of the Cross” (Soldiers) grant assistance program, which is administered by the LCMS Office of National Mission, a worker in crisis can apply for help with short-term financial needs through their district office. Workers in crisis are encouraged to contact their district office for an application and guidance.

Unlike traditional Soldiers grants, lay workers who are not on the Synod’s roster of professional church workers are eligible for these “amplified” Soldiers of the Cross grants.

This response initiative isn’t just about taking care of pastors and rostered teachers — important as that is. Other church workers such as church and school secretaries, administrators, bookkeepers and janitors can also apply for a Soldiers of the Cross Amplified grant to get through this crisis.

Funding for Soldiers of the Cross grants (and Soldiers Amplified grants) depends entirely on generous designated gifts. (Regular Sunday morning worship offerings are not used to fund these grants.)

Dollars for the Soldiers Amplified grants can come from donations directed to LCMS World Relief and Human Care. Some LCMS districts also are appealing for donations with the aim of underwriting at least 20 percent of each Soldiers Amplified grant given to workers in crisis.

Contribute to Soldiers of the Cross grants

You can help fund 80 percent of each Soldiers-Amplified grant through a donation to any of the following:


Donate Online

To make a contribution using your credit or debit card any time:

Give Online


Donate by Text

To make a donation by text message:

to 41444



Donate by Mail

Make check payable to “The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod” and write “Soldiers of the Cross Amplified COVID-19” on the memo line.

Mail to:
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861


Donate by Phone

To ask questions about this effort, or to make a contribution using your credit or debit card:

Call 888-930-4438

Due to the LCMS International Center being closed, please leave a voice message with your name and preferred telephone number, and a team member will return your call.


Donate to Your District

To help your district provide its 20 percent share, contact your district office.

For additional Information, visit our Transparency Resources page.

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Soldiers of the Cross is a mercy (humanitarian) effort of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and is separate from LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces. Grants through Soldiers of the Cross provide financial support to pastors, teachers, DCEs, missionaries and other rostered workers of the LCMS facing a ministry-disrupting personal crisis. Grants through Soldiers Amplified may also assist full- and part-time employees of LCMS congregations, schools, RSOs, universities, seminaries and other LCMS agencies on the recommendation and endorsement of the respective district. Positions must be essential to the ongoing ministry of the worker’s employer organization.




Contact Soldiers of the Cross

Ross Johnson

Rev. Dr. Ross Johnson
Director of LCMS Disaster Response —  |  314-996-1395

LCMS Church Information Center —  |  888-843-5267 (THE LCMS)

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