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Service Opportunities

Is God calling you to service? Whether through volunteering or a career in church work, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod offers many opportunities for you to help and serve God’s people.


Lutheran Early Response Teams

LCMS Disaster Response offers training and opportunities for service, ranging from a few hours to multiple days at a time. This service is open to LCMS members (14 and over) who are interested in serving their neighbors in a variety of ways after and between disasters.

Servant Events

Youth Servant Events

These events offer opportunities for youth to learn that serving others can make a difference because of Jesus Christ. Participants serve for a weekend or a week while assisting ministries with construction, outreach, human care or other projects, all based in the U.S.


Missionary Service

Do you want to share the love of Christ around the world? LCMS International Mission offers opportunities to serve in a variety of roles. You can serve as a career missionary (5 years or more), GEO missionary (24-plus months), short-term volunteer missionary (1 week to 6 months) and on a short-term team (1-2 weeks).

Mercy Medical Teams

Mercy Medical Teams

Medical professionals, medical program students, pastors and laypeople can serve abroad in clinical and health-education settings by joining a Mercy Medical team. During the 1-2 week trip, they work alongside LCMS missionaries, members of local Lutheran church and local medical professionals to address the needs of both body and soul.

Careers in the Church

The Set Apart to Serve initiative seeks to encourage our children and young adults to consider working for the church. Learn about all the professional church work vocations within the LCMS.

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Life Ministry

LCMS Life Ministry, in partnership with local congregations, offers pro-life events and service opportunities to LCMS members in different locations around the U.S.

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Military Chaplains

LCMS chaplains are pastors with two-plus years of parish experience who deliver Word and Sacrament ministry to our military personnel and their families serving around the world. Chaplains serve for four to 30 years.

Specialized Pastoral Ministry Chaplains

Specialized Pastoral Ministry Chaplains

SPM chaplains serve people who are ill, imprisoned, aging, trouble, conflicted and isolated. They offer comprehensive service that includes Word or Word and Sacrament ministry, counseling, compassionate care and contextual education, all here in the U.S.

National Grants


The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Office of National Mission offers grants to aid LCMS congregations, Recognized Service Organizations and districts to vigorously make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches and communities.

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