Along with its mission to make known the love of Christ, the LCMS is committed to helping people in a multitude of ways.
LCMS World Relief and Human Care (WR-HC) responds to immediate and long-term needs following natural and man-made disasters, working through LCMS districts and congregations, international Lutheran churches and other partners.
Life and Health Issues
LCMS Life Ministries is devoted to upholding the sanctity of human life, both in our church body and our society at large. We are actively involved in a variety of domestic and international programs to support and encourage life "in the image of God."
LCMS Health Ministries works to support and promote Christ-centered health and wellness of body, mind and spirit through congregational health ministries and to promote and encourage Christ-centered health and wellness among our church workers.
Children and Family
Children's Ministry ignites leaders in all areas of children’s ministry (birth through fifth grade) to launch dynamic Christ-centered ministries that affect children’s lives with the love of Jesus so every child knows and experiences His grace.
Family Ministry focuses on incorporating the areas of building the home, the family faith journey, and discipleship.
Youth and Young Adults
LCMS Youth Ministry leads, serves, resources and networks youth and adults as a community of God's people where Jesus Christ is the central focus.
Serving Church Workers
Among church work families, stories of making pennies stretch are both legendary and endless. A surprising number of "Veterans of the Cross"— retired pastors, teachers and their spouses —live in poverty. This ministry provides stipends for impoverished retired church workers.
Since 2004, Soldiers of the Cross has provided emergency support and pastoral care for non-retired LCMS church workers based on financial need. Helping church workers retain health insurance is a top concern.
Operation Barnabas is a network of care to our nation’s military members, including mobilized pastors and their families. We serve all branches of the military, with a special emphasis on our Reserve members and their families.