For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

Luke 19:10

Several of our 2018-21 initiatives involve missions—including encouraging congregation involvement in church planting and encouraging congregations toward greater evangelistic efforts on campuses. How is God inviting you into His mission?

Rev. Dr. William Utech, Asst. to the Pres., Missions  952-223-2151  Email Pastor UtecH

Rev. Dr. William Utech, Asst. to the Pres., Missions
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Pastor Utech serves as the Assistant to the President for Missions. Daily, he works with leaders to develop new ministries and engage God's people in God's mission locally and globally. He encourages and promotes creative and new approaches to evangelism and outreach, and he helps train and assess future church planters.

Pastor Utech’s reading recommendation:

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God’s Not Done with Your Church by Mark Hallock

This book gives congregations a vision of what God can and is doing in dying and declining churches. Pastor Hallock offers encouragement and tangible strategies to create new life in congregations that are struggling to survive—especially through the ministry of church replanting.

Click here for a free e-version of this book!

Ways you can get involved . . .

District-supported missionaries

Learn more about the missions and missionaries supported by the District.

Please pray for these missions and missionaries in your personal and corporate prayers, that their efforts to reach new people with the Gospel would be fruitful.

Click here for a list of District-Supported Missions & Missionaries


Concordia University, St. Paul Campus Ministry
Rev. Tom Gundermann and DCE Shelly Schwalm

Family of Christ, Rochester
Rev. Jeff Niederstadt

Hosanna Highland Lutheran Church Campus Ministry (Mankato)
Rev. Darren Scruggs and Sarah Bohrer, evangelist

LINC-Twin Cities
Rev. Ben Griffin and Rev. Demelash Yoseph

POBLO (People of the Book Lutheran Outreach)
Nader and Georgette Alaraj, Bloomington
John and Mariam Gayed, Rochester

Prison ministry
DCE James Seemann
Vicar Joshua Miller

ReDO (Church/Fitness Center, Shepherd of the Valley, Hastings)
Rev. Chad Kirchoff

Remedy Church (New Church Incubator Plant #1, Oakdale)

UpWorks Christian Community Development (St. Paul)

Woodbury Lutheran Church (Liberty Ridge, Site #3)
Rev. Jon Kuehne

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[GLOBAL MISSIONARIES: LCMS career and GEO missionaries from the MNS District]

  • Rev. Dr. Thomas & Mary Aadland, Kenya
  • Rev. Vance & Linda Becker, Kenya
  • Johanna Heidorn, Latin America & the Caribbean
  • Kayla Hoem, Spain
  • Rev. Dr. Daniel and Dr. Joan Jastram, Northern Asia
  • Rev. Ryan and Emily McDermott, West & Central Africa

Click here for a printable list of specific prayer requests from our missionaries

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New church incubator

The New Church Incubator is the District's preferred method of planting new churches. The New Church Incubator combines crowdsourcing, collaboration, and support networks to help church planters.


Stories from the mission

Read our District blog or our magazine, Engaged in Mission, for stories about leaders engaged in the mission of God.

Grant opportunities

The District has grant funds available for campus ministry and deaf ministry programs and activities. Click here to learn more about how to apply for funds.

Ministry partners

These partners in ministry can be a resource for you or your congregation in expanding existing or starting new ministries.