2023–2025 Mission Grant #10

Set Apart To Serve

LCMS Office of Pastoral Education — $100,000  


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About This Mission Grant

Set Apart to Serve is a Synod-wide initiative that focuses on forming and recruiting fulltime church workers to teach the saving faith to God’s people. Since Christ provides workers for His church through His people, every congregation needs to talk intentionally to our youth and adults about church work to stimulate enrollment in Christian education, deaconess, director of parish music, director of family life, and seminary programs. 

This grant will partially fund anticipated expenses of a broad, rigorously planned, and well-constructed, multi-year sustained effort across the LCMS to affect a positive, cultural change in the way church worker vocations are perceived. Prospective students will be encouraged and inspired to consider and prepare to serve the Church in lifelong professions that advance the Gospel both in the U.S. and abroad.

collage of two photos: one photo of two boys in white robes at front of church with the candles, and one of a teen boy in white robes processing into church carrying the processional cross with stained glass artwork in the background

L: Acolytes extinguish the Paschal candle on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Palmer, Kan. LCMS
Communications/Erik M. Lunsford
R: The crucifer holds the processional cross at the opening Divine Service during the LCMS Lutherans in Black Ministry Family Convocation 2022 on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mobile, Ala. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

More Mission Grant Photos

pastor sitting on chair in classroom with young children and teacher sitting on the ground, all with heads bowed to pray..

The Rev. David Nehrenz, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Norman, Okla., and district first vice-president of the LCMS Oklahoma District, prays with children in the church's early childhood center on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Norman. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

man speaking to tour group of parents and children in lobby area

The Rev. Dr. James A. Baneck, executive director of LCMS Pastoral Ministry, speaks to a group touring the LCMS International Center in St. Louis on Thursday, July 7, 2022. LCMS Communications/Frank Kohn

man handing out buttons to youth in exhibit hall

Photographs on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering in Houston. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

two men have a discussion with two or three male teens

Photographs on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering in Houston. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

deaconesses process up the aisle in single file line during church service in full church

Photographs from the Service of the Word with the Assignment of Vicarages and Deaconess Internships on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

overhead view of church service with pews full of people

Photographs from the Office of Vespers with the Distribution of Calls into the Holy Ministry on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in Kramer Chapel at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford


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