LCMS president encourages potential church workers

Video messages address need for church workers to counter expected shortfall owing to retirements over coming decade

ST. LOUIS—September 23, 2011—In an effort to address the predicted shortfall of professional church workers likely to occur over the next decade, Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), is urging pastors, teachers and lay members to encourage young people to consider careers in church work.


Three new short videos featuring Harrison will be available this fall to serve as resources to aid conversations about professional church work careers.


The first of three videos was posted online in September. Subsequent videos will be available in October and November. The videos support the What a Way initiative to recruit and retain professional church workers in the LCMS.


All three videos will be available at


The first video, "Encourage," is directed to existing church workers and adult laity who can identify, inform and encourage LCMS high-school students to consider serving in a church-work vocation.


"Please join us all in encouraging young people, noticing young people and their gifts, helping them consider a vocation in church work, getting them to a Concordia University or to a seminary for a visit, taking advantage of opportunities for young people … to meet the faculty and enjoy time there," Harrison urges in the first video. "It will make a huge difference in the life of that young person and because of the service that person will provide, to Christ and His saints. It will make an eternal difference."


The second video, "Explore," is directed primarily toward young people, inviting them to consider service in a church-work vocation. And "Embrace," the third video, emphasizes worker wellness and is primarily meant for those already serving in church-work vocations.


For more information about What a Way, visit


About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Founded in 1847, the LCMS has more than 2.3 million baptized members in some 6,200 congregations and more than 9,000 pastors. Two seminaries and 10 colleges and universities operate under the auspices of the LCMS, and its congregations operate the largest Protestant parochial school system in America. The church broadcasts the saving message of Jesus Christ over KFUO Radio, and it has relationships and active mission work in 89 countries around the world. In the last five years, the LCMS has awarded more than $35 million through more than 900 domestic and international grants for emergency response and disaster relief. Today, the LCMS is in full doctrinal fellowship with 33 other confessional Lutheran church bodies worldwide and is a founding partner of Lutheran Services in America, a social ministry organization serving one in every 50 Americans. For more information, visit



Vicki Biggs
Director, Integrated Communications
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
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