Matching gifts opportunities

Matching Gift Opportunities

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod   •   Mission Advancement

Set Apart to Serve Pilot Program

 Gifts matched up to $140,000

In every generation, God provides workers for His church. In every generation, God uses parents, teachers, pastors, and other influencers to raise up these church workers.

In support of this important work, a generous donor has offered a matching opportunity for up to $140,000 to support Set Apart to Serve (SAS), the LCMS Office of Pastoral Education’s church work recruitment initiative. Through these funds, SAS will engage 35 congregations in the SAS Pilot Program, providing them with church work recruitment resources and strategies, and gaining and incorporating their feedback before these resources are rolled out to the entire Synod.

To have your gift to Set Apart to Serve matched, please make your check payable to “The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.” On the memo line or in an included note, write: “Set Apart to Serve Pilot Program Match.” You can also contribute by clicking the “Donate” button below.

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Global Seminary Initiative: International Student Scholarships

 Gifts matched up to $175,000

March 30, 2022 — A friend of the LCMS is again matching contributions directed to the Global Seminary Initiative’s International Student Scholarships component. Donations in any amount are eligible for this opportunity until we reach the $175,000 goal or the deadline of Nov. 30, 2022, whichever comes first.

Donations will be matched if given to the LCMS (to be split equally between the two LCMS seminaries) or mailed to the seminary you personally prefer. LCMS Mission Advancement is working in tandem with Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., to encourage and receive gifts in response to this match opportunity. There is no minimum gift amount required to be match-eligible, nor any upper limit to the amount a person, organization or congregation can contribute.

This collaborative effort by the LCMS, Concordia Theological Seminary and Concordia Seminary makes it possible for qualified, approved international students to pursue advanced degrees at our world-class seminaries. They can then return home to serve as professors and church leaders in their home county. This kind of theological education is among the most requested form of assistance coming from our 38 international partner churches.

To have your gift to the LCMS matched, please make your check payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. On the memo line or in a personal note, write: “GSI: International Scholarships” (or Account A20178-23078). You can participate online by clicking the “Donate” button below.

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To give to a specific seminary, please contact their advancement office directly or visit their website.


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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.

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