Missions and Outreach

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has been involved in mission and outreach since 1851, when it established its first mission board.



Today, the LCMS trains, sends and supports called and appointed career, long-term [through a program known as GEO (globally engaged in outreach)] and short-term missionaries throughout the United States and in various countries around the world where there are mission stations, partner churches, schools or mission relationships.

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Worldwide Regions

The LCMS is working, has working partnerships with or has historical work in more than 90 countries, including the United States.

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Ethnic and Specialized Ministries

The LCMS offers ministries and has many Recognized Service Organizations (RSOs) that specialize in ministry to specific groups and ethnicities.

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Ministry to the Armed Forces

Since the Civil War, LCMS pastors have served as military chaplains. Today, the LCMS' Ministry to the Armed Forces supports a total of 214 chaplains.

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Sharing Your Faith

The LCMS is committed to helping people share their faith and offers several resources to educate and get you started.

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Revitalizing Congregations

Did you know that 90 percent of churches are declining or on a plateau in worship attendance? Intentionally focusing on revitalizing congregations is necessary to fulfill Christ's command for us to “go and make disciples of all nations.”

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Lutherans Engage the World

Lutheran Engage the WorldEngaging the Church in the work of witness and mercy across the globe in our life together.

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The Lutheran Witness

The Lutheran WitnessInterpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

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Concordia Publishing House

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