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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Join us on the journey

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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Featured Resources

Making Disciples for Life Resource Center

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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 the joyful response and generosity of God’s people over the past fiscal year, not more than 10.5 percent of any charitable contribution will be allocated to administering gifts and communicating with contributors (compared to a not-more-than ceiling of 13.5 percent the previous fiscal year). Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

Our Tax Identification Number: 43-0658188

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