Matching gifts opportunities

Matching Gift Opportunities

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod   •   Mission Advancement


Global Mission Fund

Dec. 1, 2023 — The window of opportunity on the $50,000 match for new and returning donors closed on Nov. 30. We are so thankful for all who responded with joy and generosity to this opportunity by giving their first gift, or a new gift after a 36-month hiatus. Your gracious support and the matching funds from our generous partner are already helping to proclaim Christ crucified and risen for sinners to all corners of the world.



Global Seminary Initiative: Scholarships

October 11, 2023 update — The LCMS along with Concordia Seminary St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne are pleased to announce we have matched $175,000 for international student scholarships. In total, $350,000 will be designated in scholarships to qualified candidates across 35-plus partner church bodies to attend our world-class seminaries. Thank you for joyfully responding to this effort and we look forward to seeing how God continues to bless this initiative!



2023–2026 National Offering

May 25, 2023 — The $50,000 maximum for this special, momentum-building gift match has been reached. Soli Deo Gloria! LCMS leadership thanks everyone who has so graciously responded to this opportunity thus far, an effort to reach individuals from non-English speaking cultures every day by sharing the life-giving Gospel message across cultural and language lines through the translation of carefully selected Lutheran outreach resources into languages other than English.

Connected to the theme of the convention, this triennium’s National Offering — “We Preach Christ Crucified for All People” — will focus on translating introductory Christian resources into as many as five major languages. Congregations, schools, and other groups will be able to utilize these evangelism, educational, and catechetical resources — resources YOU have made possible — to help non-English speakers clearly hear and read the Good News.

(Note: The LCMS does not intend to duplicate, replace, or compete with the vital translation work of other Lutheran agencies such as Lutheran Heritage Foundation, Lutheran Bible Translators, or Concordia Publishing House.)

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Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty

April 5, 2023 update — We rejoice to share that the $15,000 gift match on donations to support The Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty has been fully claimed. Soli Deo Gloria! We give thanks and praise to God for the 166 contributors whose joyful generosity has been doubled by this matching gift commitment as well as the 476 additional contributors who responded during the time the match window was open.

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Set Apart to Serve Pilot Program

Nov. 29, 2022 update — The $140,000 maximum for this gift match has been reached. Soli Deo Gloria! We are thankful for everyone who so graciously responded to this opportunity, an effort that allows 35 pilot congregations to test new Set Apart to Serve church work recruitment resources and strategies before they are rolled out to the entire Synod.

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

A contribution designated (restricted) for a specific purpose, when accepted, will be used only to fund expenses related to that purpose. Occasionally, we may receive more in contributions for a particular purpose than can be wisely applied to it in the foreseeable future or the purpose may cease to be feasible. In these situations, the LCMS will make reasonable attempts to contact contributors to apply their contribution toward another aspect of ministry that aligns closely the contributor’s goals and values. If a contributor cannot be contacted, the LCMS will use the gift to meet a similar pressing need that most closely matches the contributor's original intent.

Consistent with Synod Board policy and in recognition of a more challenging economic and philanthropic/fundraising environment due to inflationary pressure, not more than 12.5 percent of any charitable contribution will be allocated to administering gifts and communicating with contributors (compared to a not-more-than ceiling of 10.5 percent the previous fiscal year). Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

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