LCMS Global Seminary Initiative

Global Seminary Initiative (GSI)

Today, the single most frequent request received by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod from partner and non-partner Lutheran church bodies around the world is to share our theological treasures.

One of the most impactful ways The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod strengthens global confessional Lutheranism is through sound, vigorous theological education that prepares future Lutheran pastors and leaders to shepherd their own church bodies.

Our LCMS seminaries, pastors and theologians are recognized as being among the greatest pillars of knowledge in the Lutheran theological community.

The Global Seminary Initiative (GSI) serves a unique role in proclaiming the Gospel to all nations. GSI equips and supports international partner church pastors and future leaders through sound theological education, beginning with the scriptural and confessional view of the Office of the Ministry and of the Church.

GSI focuses resources and expertise along two distinct fronts:

Scholarships to Attend LCMS Seminaries — Gifts Matched!

GSI brings to our LCMS seminaries qualified pastors from the international community who are candidates to serve one day as partner church presidents and faculty in their country or region. They work to earn the advanced degrees required for those roles.

GSI-LCMS seminary scholarships remove barriers for candidates who, for financial reasons, could not otherwise take this important step. Currently, 31 future international Lutheran leaders attending Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne are eligible to receive this support from GSI-designated contributions.

 Your gift to this effort will be matched dollar-for-dollar through a $175,000 matching commitment from an anonymous special friend of the LCMS. Contact Mission Advancement for more information.



Sending LCMS Experts to Teach Overseas (Faculty Expertise)

For small Lutheran seminaries, faculty expertise is a precious resource. GSI gifts can send LCMS seminary and university faculty, or qualified parish pastors and missionaries, to teach courses for short periods of time. GSI helps fill knowledge gaps among select international seminaries and ensures that students are as well-equipped as possible.


GSI depends on donor-designated gifts to provide scholarships for students from emerging and partner church bodies to attend our seminaries, while also supporting our seminaries in carrying out this aspect of their mission and sending faculty and qualified pastors to teach around the world.

For those who desire to support both areas of work described above, you can make sure there are resources available through a general gift to the Global Seminary Initiative.

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Many years ago, the LCMS began to plant seeds that have provided a strong foundation and example for worthwhile mission in global seminary education. We started more than a century ago in India (1895) and later Brazil and Argentina. The LCMS then spent the next several decades teaching Lutheran theology and training future leaders in half a dozen more countries.

This is part of our legacy as a church body in the world.

Questions about the Global Seminary Initiative? Contact LCMS Mission Advancement by email or by phone.



How To Help

By Mail:

To make a donation by mail, indicate the gift designation on your check memo, and make check payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Send to:

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Mission Advancement
1333 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-7295

By Phone:

To make a credit card donation, call the LCMS toll-free gift line between 8 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. Central time at 888-930-4438.

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