Witness & Outreach

Witness & Outreach Ministry

Witnessing to the nonchurched

The “&” in Witness & Outreach underscores that there are two different elements to this ministry of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Witness is the work we have been given to do as the church scattered. We have opportunities to speak of Jesus with the people in our everyday lives who are our friends, co-workers, neighbors, family members, etc.

Outreach is the work we do as the church gathered. It is our collective effort through ministries, services, events and other activities as the church through which we invite and include others into Word and Sacrament ministry.

Witness & Outreach are distinct, but they work together so people will know of Jesus and be gathered into His Church through us.

Every One His Witness® — Lutheran Evangelism Program

Witnessing. What’s it all about? The Every One His Witness Lutheran evangelism program puts sound doctrine into practical action for sharing the faith with people in our everyday lives.

Participants learn: What is witnessing? Why do we witness? And the “how-to” of witnessing using the LASSIE approach — Listen-Ask-Seek-Share-Invite-Encourage.

The program takes place in two parts: First, an on-site core module training led by a local leader. Second, attendees are invited to join the context module training website to dive deeper into specific contexts.

     Download flier     Download informational brochure


1 — Step One of Every One His Witness

On-site Core Module Training

Every One His Witness Lutheran Evangelism Program KitThe Every One His Witness core module kit is now available through Concordia Publishing House. The kit provides everything groups need to implement this evangelism program at their church, school, or organization.

Each kit, which is designed for a group of 12, contains:

  • Every One His Witness workbooks (12)
  • DVD (1)
  • LASSIE journals (12)
  • Experience cards (6)
  • Pens (12)
  • Downloadable Leader’s Guide (1)

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Additional workbooks are sold separately.

Self-Study Guide

This guide was created to help individuals make use of the Every One His Witness core module resources that were originally intended for use by groups. It is meant to increase the accessibility of the Every One His Witness resources for people who want to be more active, effective, and joyful witnesses of Jesus.

     Download study guide

2 — Step Two of Every One His Witness

Online Context Module Training

Through video sessions, the online context modules pick up where the core module left off. We have enlisted the help of people who have real world experience using the LASSIE approach to witness in specific contexts.

Use the forums and make connections while you use the website to ask questions, get tips, and help refine your witnessing skills.

Ask your core module workshop leader for access to this valuable online learning resource.

 Preview: Witnessing to People with Depression or Anxiety

 Preview: Witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses

 Preview: Witnessing to Muslims

 Preview: Witnessing to the 'Nones'

 Preview: Witnessing to People Influenced by Critical Theory

 Preview: Witnessing to People After Abortion

 Preview: Witnessing to Grieving People

 Preview: Witnessing to LGBTQ People

 Preview: Witnessing to New Veterans

 Preview: Responding to Scientism

 Preview: Witnessing to Dechurched Adult Children

 Preview: Witnessing to Mormons

 Preview: Witnessing to Jewish People

Visit everyonehiswitness.org

Connect to Disciple workshop

Would you like to learn how to invite, welcome and receive people to your church?

The Connect to Disciple workshop, the first module in the re:Vitality program, is designed to help your congregation develop effective outreach.

This workshop provides congregational leaders with instruction and resources for developing an outreach strategy for their congregation.

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Program and Services

  • The 'L-A-S-S-I-E' Approach
  • Relational, contextual witnessing includes six key elements: Listen-Ask-Seek-Share-Invite-Encourage. This approach is outlined in a graphic available as a congregational resource.

     Download infographic
  • Community Canvass Guide
  • This guide includes information, surveys, forms and more to help with canvassing calls.

     Download guide


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