Restructuring the LCMS national office in St. Louis provided an unprecedented opportunity to streamline the way financial gifts are solicited and received to bring people at home and abroad into direct contact with Gospel of Jesus Christ in Word and deeds.
Our Synod still sends and supports missionaries, responds to catastrophic disasters, strengthens churches, feeds the hungry, assists partner churches as they grow to maturity, and much more. Mercy and witness activities are no longer separated; they are performed in close proximity to one another by one global team: the LCMS. The distinction today is that this work of witness and mercy is focused either nationally or internationally in our life together as walk alongside one another (Synod) in our Lord’s name.
Each and every person who supports our Global Mission strengthens our capacity for Gospel proclamation and human care activities here in the U.S. and to the four corners of the world. Every single gift, regardless of the amount, is wisely used to care for our neighbor in body and soul in Christ’s name here at home and abroad.
Every gift designated (restricted) for Global Mission changes lives around the world and in our own backyard with the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever the need or opportunity is greatest at the time the gift is made. Donations designated for Global Mission are immediately put to work supporting our Synod’s Witness (outreach and evangelism), Mercy (relief, human care) and Life Together work at home AND abroad. Funds are allocated to both LCMS National Mission and LCMS International Mission**, wherever ministry opportunities are most pressing and more specifically-restricted funds are either unavailable or insufficient to perform important work apart from additional resources such as the Global Mission Fund, or the Synod’s Unrestricted (Together As Synod) Fund.
Donors can be reassured that Global Mission gifts support only those aspects of Synod’s national and international work that are related to Gospel proclamation, human care and Life Together work — sharing Jesus and building up the kingdom of God. And donors have the assurance that all gifts are efficiently utilized, since the true cost of administering Global Mission Funds runs 4.6% less than more restricted gift types. In fact, the only type of gift with a lower true administration cost is an unrestricted donation to the LCMS.
For more information or to seek answers to more specific questions, please contact Mission Advancement at 888-930-4438.
As the Lord allows, please consider strengthening LCMS Global Mission with a gift today.
**Before July 1, 2012, when you made a gift to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, you may have directed it specifically to LCMS World Relief and Human Care or LCMS World Mission. As a result of the 2010 Convention-mandated restructuring, the names “LCMS World Relief and Human Care” and “LCMS World Mission” are being phased out; however, the work carried out under them continues through the work of LCMS National Mission and LCMS International Mission, which both carry out evangelism, human care and church coordination work.