Church Workers in Mission

Photography credit for pastor, deaconess, and teacher photos: Erik M. Lunsford/The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
DCE photo courtesy of Kristina Parker.

To all Church Workers

Whether you are new to the calling that the Lord has given you or have been involved in church work for years, we welcome you on behalf of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML). This short video will introduce you to how the LWML connects with church workers.

We praise God for you and your dedication to share His love with those around you. The LWML website is full of devotional resources that have been through the LCMS doctrinal review process for you to use in your ministry.

Quick links to LWML resources perfect for church workers

Bible Studies and Devotionals

Archived Quarterly Bible Studies
Short Bible Studies
Long/Multi-Session Bible Studies
Program Helps — short devotionals, single-session Bible studies, litanies

Worship Services

LWML Sunday
LWML Prayer Service

Mission Grant Resources

Mission Grant Proposals Application Process

More LWML Resources

Lutheran Woman's Quarterly
Mustard Seed Devotions

Pastoral Counselor Corner

Welcome to your new position serving Christ’s Church through the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), also known as Lutheran Women in Mission! We give thanks to God that you are willing to support the work of the LWML to “proclaim Christ, support missions, and equip women to honor God by serving others.” Having served as a counselor at the zone, district, and national levels, I cannot begin to describe the tremendous blessing it is to see how God is using the LWML to accomplish His will and purpose in the world.
You will no doubt hear again and again that the women of the LWML love to see how their mite offerings impact mission, to grow in their knowledge of our Lord and His salvation through study of the Word, and to rejoice in the fellowship that is shared among one another. It is humbling work, and yet it is filled with joy (and robed in purple)!
As you begin your service, we hope that this counselor section will offer you some assistance in the tasks you will be asked to perform. You will find resources that can be used as-is or can be adapted for your local context and tradition. Whether it is a Bible study, a prayer service, or an installation, you will find that the LWML has a wealth of resources for your use as you get acclimated to your position.
May the Lord bless you in your service to Him and to the LWML. Know that you are prayed for by the women and fellow pastoral counselors of this great organization, and you are appreciated for your time and dedication to the tasks ahead. May you find joy as you serve the Lord with gladness!
The Rev. Brian Noack
LWML National Pastoral Counselor 2019–2023

Helpful Resources

District Pastoral Counselor Responsibilities and Resources
Zone Pastoral Counselor Responsibilities and Resources
Installation of Officers 1
Installation of Officers 2
Installation of District Officers
LWML Pledge and LWML Songs
Blessings of Convention Participants

To all LWML District Presidents, Zone Presidents, and Groups

LWML is a vibrant organization with a mission of sharing Christ with the world by funding mission grants through mite offerings, sharing the Gospel with others through doctrinally reviewed and approved resources, and focusing on growing each woman’s relationship with her Lord and Savior. Look at “Who We Are” for more information on LWML.

Photography credit: Erik M. Lunsford/The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

A great way for LWML to let Church Workers know their value is to make them feel welcomed when arriving in your district, zone, or church. Church Workers also need to know they are appreciated after many years of service. There are many LWML prepared resources listed below that can help in both cases. You can start by sharing the Church Workers in Mission brochure (color or black and white). Thank you for all you are doing to be supportive and encouraging to God's Workers in the Church. TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND PRAISE!

Click here for a devotion you can share with your LWML sisters on showing our pastors and church workers love and respect.

Click here for ideas on how you and your district can support, encourage, and care for church workers.

Click here for more ideas from LWML districts on how you, your zone, and your district can support, encourage, and care for church workers.

Reach Out to Your Church Workers by

— creating a physical binder with information about LWML. 

Here are suggestions with easy links of what to include. 


LWML Toolkits 

Please adapt the suggestions in the Toolkits to utilize them for the church workers in your congregation and any special occasions specific to your area.

LWML Toolkit – Ideas for Pastor Support and Involvement

LWML Teacher Toolkit



LWML Printables

Use the printables below with gifts for:

  • Pastors
  • Seminary students
  • Church Worker students
  • Campus ministries
  • Deaconess, DCE, DCO students and workers
  • Day School teachers
  • Sunday School teachers
  • Vacation Bible School teachers

Scripture Gift Tags and Poster
Pastor Appreciation Cards


LWML Mission Service Activity

Pastor Appreciation Month (October)

The purpose of the Church Workers in Mission committee is to:

  • Engage all pastors and church workers and build relationships as we partner in spreading the Gospel.
  • Provide LWML resources and support to involve and connect with all LCMS rostered workers.


2021–2023 Church Workers in Mission Committee

 (L to R): Tami Ulland, North Dakota District; Nancy Heredia — Chairman, Pacific Southwest District; Sylvia Bean, Rocky Mountain District


LWML Resources