Urban and Inner-City Mission

Urban & Inner-City Mission

Reaching the City with Christ

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Urban & Inner-City Mission boosts revitalization efforts in city ministries while sharing the Gospel across cultures, and UICM provides resources to help churches provide a spiritual home for people searching for hope and healing.

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  • Urban & Inner-City Mission offers training to equip leaders in Witness, Mercy and Life Together for community engagement that leads to Christ becoming known in neighborhoods. UICM strives to assist congregations with their efforts to transform the chaos, death and decay that often plagues their cities into communities characterized by peace, life and renewal.

    UICM is focused on assisting congregations with engaging their communities to bring about renewal. This engagement occurs through an intentional focus on Witness, Mercy and Life Together.

    The resulting renewal stems from a revitalized congregation that has successfully identified who it is, what it believes and what defines it. These factors serve to unite a congregation and enable its members to witness to the hope we all have in Christ.


    • Creating local and regional urban-ministry partnerships
    • Facilitating strategic Lutheran ministry training opportunities that embrace viable community engagement, cultural, generational and ethnic diversity
    • Modeling merciful and compassionate care that informs intentional local Gospel outreach
    • Nurturing mission and ministry conferences and webinars
    • Making Christ known in our cities

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    Please contact our office to receive information on connecting to ministries that address:

    • Affordable aging services
    • Advocacy
    • Community re-entry
    • Housing, transitional housing and blight improvement
    • Asset-based community planning
    • Social enterprise
    • Programming for at-risk youth
    • Pregnancy resources
    • Urban education
    • Substance abuse recovery
    • Providing for basic needs

    These services and programs are empowering, and they will truly be transformative for communities and individuals.

Caring for the homeless

My Night of Living Homeless

Rev. Steve Schave narrates his experience with Rev. John Suguitan of living among inner-city homeless people in Cincinnati. LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission offers resources to assist in caring for the homeless and others in need.

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Resources & Services


The LCMS Office of National Mission accepts grant applications for community projects.

Download and save the PDF to your computer desktop. After opening the file, the application form and budget template will show as attached files.


Gospel Seeds

Gospel Seeds helps enable neighbors to break the cycles of poverty and struggle.


Lutheran Housing Support

LHS restores and revitalizes neighborhoods tied to LCMS congregations.

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City Case Studies



The LCMS shares presentations from an Urban & Inner-City Mission conference. Topics include “Toxic Charity,” “Poverty Cure” and “Building Sustainable Community Alliances.”

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Rev. Dr. Steve Schave, Director

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Ministry Overview

Urban & Inner-City Mission advances revitalization in city ministries, most of which are multi-ethnic or reach out across cultures with mercy and witness to the Gospel.

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Recent Articles & Stories

Urban and Inner-City Mission – Reporter
LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission webinar: ‘Understanding Recognized Service Organizations’
Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:46:09 AM

LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission webinar: ‘Deploying the Young Adult Corps in Urban Mission’
Thursday, August 22, 2019 10:04:36 AM

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‘We Believe in the Resurrection’

LCMS Urban and Inner-City Mission: St. Paul Lutheran Church in Madisonville, Ohio.

LCMS Urban and Inner-City Mission presents a documentary that recounts the nearly five-year journey of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Madisonville, Ohio, which persevered amid inner-city strife and socio-economic challenges.

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Why do we need city ministry?

LCMS Urban and Inner-City Mission

Hear what Rev. Steve Schave says about the importance of LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission, which works to boost revitalization efforts in city ministries that reach out across cultures with the Gospel.

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