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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod   •   Mission Advancement


Global Seminary Initiative

 Challenge: Once $175,000 is raised, a partner will grant another $175,000

March 25, 2024 — A friend and champion of the Global Seminary Initiative is challenging both seminaries and the LCMS to raise at least $175,000 from others by November 30 to support this vital initiative. And, when that amount has been received, this friend will add $175,000 to the GSI pool, doubling the impact on international theological education.

GSI brings qualified international Lutheran pastors to our LCMS seminaries who will serve one day as partner church presidents and seminary faculty in their own country or region and send LCMS seminary faculty to teach in other Lutheran seminaries around the world.

To meet the challenge and receive this impactful grant, at least $175,000 must be contributed by other donors before midnight on Nov. 30. Praise be God for those, both in the pews and on the mission field, who keep this initiative marching forward.

To support GSI and the spread of the Gospel in other lands, and increase the possibility of receiving the $175,000 challenge grant, please make your check payable to “The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.” On the memo line, or in an included note, write: “Global Seminary Initiative” or “Account D11045-46045.” Gifts by mail must have a postmark from March 25 through Nov. 30.

You can also contribute online through Nov. 30.

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