Making Disciples for Life (MDFL), a new initiative of the LCMS Office of National Mission (ONM), will assist God’s people as they witness to Christ and His eternal gifts.
Working alongside the districts and congregations of the Synod, the ONM will provide resources, training and opportunities for congregations to connect across the Synod in Witness, Mercy, Life Together® — in Christ, for the world.
“Making Disciples for Life … will put field-tested, theologically solid resources at the fingertips of God’s people 24 hours a day,” said ONM Executive Director Rev. Robert Zagore. “What’s more, this initiative is designed to grow when we work together as a Synod.”
The initiative is rooted in Jesus’ words in Matthew 28: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19–20).
The ministries of the ONM are continually developing resources to help the people of the LCMS serve in their unique situations. MDFL will make these resources more readily accessible through a new internet resource center that will use the latest technology to enable anyone to easily find the materials they need.
Yet MDFL is more than just resources. As situations change or new conditions arise, the ONM looks forward to working with the people of the Synod to both identify and meet the challenges and opportunities ahead. Church-planting grants, multi-ethnic church grants, planning and training will help congregations reach out to changing neighborhoods and areas that don’t currently have an LCMS presence.
Conversations and interaction will play a major role as regional conferences provide opportunities for laypeople and clergy to dialogue with each other and the ministries of the Synod.
In addition, “incubator” congregations that represent varied situations throughout the Synod will serve as testing grounds to ensure the materials can be as useful as possible.
With all that the new initiative aims to accomplish, Zagore emphasized that it is the Spirit who works where and when He pleases through the Word. “We have Christ and His pure, eternal Gospel to share,” Zagore said.