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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Convocation presentations

The Black Ministry Family Convocation will gather in Mobile, Alabama, from July 27–30, under the theme Empowering the Next Generation.

LCMS Lutherans gathered for the 2022 Black Ministry Family Convocation in Mobile, Ala, under the theme “Empowering the Next Generation.”

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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.


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

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

‘The History of LCMS Mercy

Work With African Americans’

The Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray explores the legacy of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod using mercy work as a means by which to share the Gospel with African-Americans.

LCMS Black Ministry history

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.







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How to Help

The LCMS Office of National Mission works within the borders of the United States to support the programs and resources available to congregations, districts, schools, Recognized Service Organizations and other Lutheran organizations.

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Black Ministry Emails

Complete our easy sign-up form to receive free newsletters and other resources from LCMS Black Ministry.

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Schiebel Grant Program

These grants fund small, short-term projects that give physical, medical and spiritual support to black inner-urban residents. Scholarship opportunities are also available. 

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Mission and Vision

Seven Mission Priorities

The Lutheran Witness Magazine

Lutheran Witness February 2024

MDFL Resource Center

Making Disciples for Life - Resource Center

Million Dollar Life Match

Ready to expland your congrgation's pro-life ministry? Apply now for the Million Dollar Life Match.

Church Work Recruitment Initiative

Set Apart to Serve

Caring for Ukraine

Ukraine Support

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