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.
Where We Are — People, Places and Projects
The LCMS is working, has working partnerships with or has historical work in more than 90 countries, including the United States.
Ethnic and Specialized Ministries
The LCMS offers ministries and has many Recognized Service Organizations (RSOs) that specialize in ministry to specific groups and ethnicities.
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.
Sharing Your Faith
The LCMS is committed to helping people share their faith and offers several resources to educate and get you started.
An important part of growing Christ's kingdom is starting new congregations. There are several programs designed to help existing congregations start new ones.
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.”