Chaplaincy Resources

LCMS Specialized Pastoral Ministry

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod provides resources to assist specialized pastoral ministers who are caring for people with different needs in various settings.





Conference presentations

“Captive Souls ... Mercy for All”

View presentations and workshops from the prison/jail ministry conference, which was held in 2018 in St. Louis.

Zion XVI Conference

The Zion XVI Conference focused on the importance of chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, and clinical pastoral education in the Lutheran church.

“Pastoral Care in Pluralistic Contexts”

Rev. Dr. Philip Kuehnert and Rev. Lee Joesten made presentations at a “Pastoral Care in Pluralistic Contexts” conference, and Rev. Russell Helbig led Bible Study.




Verbatim Outline

A template is provided to guide specialized pastoral ministers through contacting those in need, and the outline helps document visits for peer and/or supervisor review.

‘Caring Connections’

Caring Connections is an inter-Lutheran journal for practitioners and teachers of pastoral care counseling. The newsletters are for chaplains, pastoral counselors, seminary faculty, teachers, clinical educators, synod and district leaders, concerned pastors, and laypersons.

Join us on the journey

Mission and Vision

Seven Mission Priorities

The Lutheran Witness Magazine

The Lutheran Witness Magazine

MDFL Resource Center

Making Disciples for Life - Resource Center

Latest Convention Information

68th Regular Convention

Church Work Recruitment Initiative

Set Apart to Serve

Caring for Ukraine

Ukraine Support

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