LCMS Black Ministry

Black Ministry

Strong faith, fervent love: Revitalizing congregations

Black Ministry provides encouragement, assistance, advocacy and influence to LCMS districts, congregations and schools for synodwide engagement in ministry to people of African-American descent and other ethnic cultures.

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Mercy in the Black Belt

The History of LCMS Mercy
Work with African Americans

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has an enduring legacy of using mercy work as a means by which to share the Gospel. This is true for the Synod’s work with and among African Americans as well.

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Watch ‘The First Rosa’

The First Rosa

“The First Rosa” film tells the story of Rosa J. Young, a pioneer Lutheran educator and missionary in Alabama’s “Black Belt.” View the full-length documentary for free by streaming online or by downloading your own copy.

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Resources & Services


Contact the LCMS for assistance in ministering to African-Americans.

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Reading Resources

The Rev. Amos Gray IV shares how to implement a youth mentoring program.

The LCMS offers suggested reading resources to educate and assist you in your ministry.


The LCMS has been sharing the Gospel with African-Americans for more than 140 years.

TimeLine e-Newsletter

TimeLine provides insight, encouragement and resources to all those interested and engaged in serving African-Americans and other neighbors across the country.


LCMS Black Ministry encourages a renewed commitment to share the Gospel.

Black Ministry supports school ministries, and it maintains a scholarship fund.







Making Disciples for Life - Resource Center

Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray
Director of LCMS Black Ministry


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Ministry Overview

LCMS Black Ministry promotes faithfulness to theology that is contextually holistic, touching lives with the Gospel through mercy care in the context of daily experiences.
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How to Help

The LCMS Office of National Mission works within the borders of the United States to support the programs and resources available to congregations, districts, schools, Recognized Service Organizations and other Lutheran organizations.

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Black Clergy Caucus

The LCMS Black Clergy Caucus serves congregations and communities throughout the United States. (Directory courtesy of Minuteman Press; Prattville, Ala.)

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Recent Stories & Articles

Black Ministry – Reporter
Obituary: Rev. Dr. Frazier Norton Odom, former interim executive director of LCMS Black Ministry
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 1:46:31 PM

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Lutherans Engage the World

Lutheran Engage the WorldEngaging the Church in the work of witness and mercy across the globe in our life together.

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The Lutheran Witness

The Lutheran WitnessInterpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

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Vision and Mission

Making Disciples for Life Resource Center

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