The 72 — Witness & Outreach Ministry
Outreach Training for Congregations
What is The 72?
Born of a pioneering effort in 1996, the ministry has served nearly 215 congregations in diverse cultures in each of the LCMS districts across the United States. Congregations partner with a team of two to four individuals from The 72 to accomplish specific evangelism goals that the congregation has identified. Congregation members then commit themselves to be in Bible study with the team, to support them in prayer both publically and privately, and to support their work in both word and deed while the team is on-site serving them.
Host congregations also designate people to receive appropriate training and to follow through on the process they have begun together after the team has departed. While the team members receive no salary for their services, the congregation agrees to provide necessary logistical support, including needed supplies, travel, food and lodging or utility hook-ups for recreational vehicles.
Who is a team member of The 72?
The 72 team members are trained evangelism volunteers available to congregations to serve on location to assist them to either begin, revitalize or expand their outreach ministry to help them to reach the lost—a mission we share with Jesus, who came to seek and save people who are lost (Luke 19:10).
- The teams are available to serve for three or four weeks.
- In certain locations, teams will provide leadership at weekend events only.
Areas of training for congregations