Set Apart to Serve - Church Workers

Set Apart to Serve

Learn more about the LCMS church work recruitment initiative

God gives His church pastors and church workers for the sake of the Gospel. Pastors proclaim Christ and administer the Sacraments, means through which people receive Christ’s saving work. Church workers assist the pastoral office in service to the Word, witnessing to Christ daily in various roles. Christ’s church will continue until He returns, and that church will continue to need workers.

Parents/grandparents, pastors, professional church workers, Sunday school teachers and others in your congregation help influence children to consider serving the church in these sacred and joyful vocations. Set Apart to Serve (SAS) is an initiative of the LCMS to recruit church workers. Since church work is rooted in Baptism and a lifetime of hearing the Word, SAS encourages young people to consider church work vocations primarily through their continued and faithful involvement with their congregation.


Professional church work vocations within the LCMS

Click below to learn about the LCMS church work vocations and access information directly from the Concordia University System programs that prepare these workers:



Set Apart to Serve Resources

ResourcesResources to use to encourage church work vocations, can be found on our resource hub. These resources include conversation guides, Bible studies, promotional items and more.

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Find out more about church work vocations

Lutherans Engage Stories

Collection of stories on church work vocations and recruitment.

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Reporter Articles

Collection of articles on church work vocations and recruitment.

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KFUO Radio Interviews

Listen to this series of interviews on church work vocations and recruitment on KFUO's The Coffee Hour.

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Free curriculum for schools

Equipping and encouraging young people for church work vocations

The Set Apart to Serve church work recruitment curriculum is available at no cost to LCMS schools.

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Answering God’s call

Set Apart to Serve - Videos

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Annual Report 2023

Learn more about Set Apart to Serve and the growing collaboration across the Synod to encourage young people to consider church work vocations.

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Support this initiative

Make an online contribution to support the efforts of Set Apart to Serve, the church work recruitment initiative of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

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    To ask questions or to make a contribution using your credit/debit card : Call 888-930-4438

    Donate by Mail
    Make check payable to “The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod” or “LCMS” and write Set Apart to Serve (A20612-23112) on the memo line.

    For personal or organizational (congregation, LWML, family foundation, etc.) checks, please mail to: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod PO Box 66861 St. Louis, MO 63166-6861

    When giving from an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution or a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)**, please have the trustee mail to: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Attn: Anna Lockwood, Mission Advancement 1333 S. Kirkwood Rd St. Louis, MO 63122

    **We encourage donors to contact Mission Advancement by phone or email ahead of giving an IRA-Qualified Charitable Distribution or Donor Advised Fund gift to ensure we are prepared to handle the donation correctly when arrives.

    If you have additional questions about this effort, please call 888-930-4438 or email

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Schiebel Grant Program

This program offers scholarships to church work students who intend to work in black inner-urban mission and ministries.

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Rev. Dr. James Baneck

These church workers are vital in our Christian faith and life, each according to their vocation. — Rev. Dr. James Baneck


Contact us

  Rev. Dr. James Baneck
Executive director, Pastoral Education

  Glenn Rollins
Manager, Set Apart to Serve

  Robyn Armbrust
Administrative coordinator, Pastoral Education

 888-843-5267 (THE LCMS)

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