"How firm a foundation, O saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he has said
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?"
We find ourselves facing uncertain and, at times, frightening challenges. For us as Lutherans, that means seeking a firm foundation in a faith that sustains us through long-held traditions. Yet, amid this, we grapple with the concern for the future of our church, wondering what will happen if we don't engage and inspire the next generation to join and grow our community.
Pastors and leaders deeply rooted in tradition, guiding congregations as they maintain the Lutheran expression of the Gospel are invaluable. We are also aware of the pressing need for leaders willing to embrace new expressions of the Gospel and ask challenging questions about where God is at work, what God is up to in the world, and what faithful steps we need to take next.
The Central States Synod is working to support pastors and congregations by preserving our rich traditions while encouraging innovation and exploration to shape our church's future. This work happens through ministries, partnerships, and initiatives across the synod, such as:
Shepherding those called to ministry into and through the candidacy process.
Guiding congregations and clergy to ministerial relationships through transitions and the call process.
Fostering diverse expressions of faith through our Synod Authorized Worshiping Communities.
Nurturing faith and faith exploration on college campuses and beyond.
Providing outdoor spaces for individuals, families, and youth, for reflection, growth, and renewal.
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Investing in the education of existing and future leaders with grants to colleges and seminaries.
This is all in addition to expanding the leadership talents and opportunities within our communities for lay members to serve and witness in ministerial roles such as Parish Ministry Associates and offering resources to church council leadership to better guide their congregations. And of course, we provide crucial pastoral care and support to our clergy and congregations during difficult times.
Please join us in the mission of the Central States Synod. Your generosity will enable us to navigate the challenges of today and create a vibrant, inclusive, and faith-filled future for our church.
You can contribute to our mission in various ways:
Use the giving form on this page to donate securely online.
Consider setting up a recurring donation for sustained support.
You may also mail your contribution to the synod office,
Central States Synod
420 W 14th St., Ste. 101
Kansas City, MO 64105
Your consistent financial support enables us to build upon God's firm foundation and move into God's preferred and promised future. May this season of generosity and reflection inspire us all to invest in the future of our faith community.
In faith and gratitude,
Nancy W. Nagel
Synod VIce President