LCMS Black Ministry

Black Ministry

Strong faith, fervent love: Revitalizing congregations

Black Ministry provides encouragement, assistance, advocacy and influence to LCMS districts, congregations and schools for synodwide engagement in ministry to people of African-American descent and other ethnic cultures.

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Mercy in the Black Belt

The History of LCMS Mercy
Work with African Americans

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has an enduring legacy of using mercy work as a means by which to share the Gospel. This is true for the Synod’s work with and among African Americans as well.

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Watch ‘The First Rosa’

The First Rosa

“The First Rosa” film tells the story of Rosa J. Young, a pioneer Lutheran educator and missionary in Alabama’s “Black Belt.” View the full-length documentary for free by streaming online or by downloading your own copy.

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Resources & Services


Contact the LCMS for assistance in ministering to African-Americans.

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Reading Resources

The Rev. Amos Gray IV shares how to implement a youth mentoring program.

The LCMS offers suggested reading resources to educate and assist you in your ministry.


The LCMS has been sharing the Gospel with African-Americans for more than 140 years.

TimeLine e-Newsletter

TimeLine provides insight, encouragement and resources to all those interested and engaged in serving African-Americans and other neighbors across the country.


LCMS Black Ministry encourages a renewed commitment to share the Gospel.

Black Ministry supports school ministries, and it maintains a scholarship fund.







Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray, Director

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Black Ministry Overview

LCMS Black Ministry promotes faithfulness to theology that is contextually holistic, touching lives with the Gospel through mercy care in the context of daily experiences.
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Black Clergy Caucus

The LCMS Black Clergy Caucus serves congregations and communities throughout the United States. (Directory courtesy of Minuteman Press; Prattville, Ala.)

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Recent Stories & Articles

Black Ministry – Reporter
LCMS Black Ministry – Spring 2018 TimeLine Newsletter
Monday, March 26, 2018 4:20:13 PM

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Visit the LCMS Black Ministry Facebook page to stay updated on the latest news and events.

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Lutherans Engage the World

Lutheran Engage the WorldEngaging the Church in the work of witness and mercy across the globe in our life together.

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The Lutheran Witness

The Lutheran WitnessInterpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

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Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House