Mission Resources

Mission Toolbox - Lutheran Resources

The name Dwelling 1:14 references John 1:14 and the incarnational, missional nature both of Jesus and of those who would follow Him into the world. Dwelling 1:14 is a nonprofit ministry which helps like-minded Jesus-followers connect in their neighborhoods, workplaces and schools for discipling and missional living.  This nonprofit ministry is lead by Greg Finke, (email) an ordained LCMS pastor with more than 20 years experience growing and leading congregations. For the past seven years, he has been discovering how to live missionally, how to disciple missional leaders and how to establish and multiply missional communities.

Every Sunday, your congregation gathers around Jesus through His Word and sacraments, and is then sent out to join Jesus as He carries out His mission in the world. Joining Jesus in His mission is what is meant by missional living.

Dwelling 1:14 helps individuals, families and congregations reorder their lives to seek the Kingdom of God, have more fun, and spend more time enjoying people through missional living. Dwelling 1:14 is not about changing Sunday mornings but about what happens the rest of the week “out there” in the world, where your congregation lives, works and goes to school.  We have found that when people support each other in seeking the Kingdom of God in the places they already live, work and go to school, really cool things begin to happen regularly!

FiveTwo is a training network designed for Christian entrepreneurs equipping them to launch faith-based startups that bring the presence of Jesus into their communities. We help start and re-start churches, social enterprises, and faith-based businesses. Our entrepreneurial training combines Christian theology and lean business startup principles, resulting in faith-based startups that reach people for Jesus and are financially sustainable. We help you grow your God-given dream into a ministry or business that makes an eternal difference.

Mission of Christ Network (“MCN”) is a Christian outreach organization that is devoted to making it possible for non-professional church workers to effectively work internationally in God’s mission.

Our mission is to boldly, intentionally and faithfully make known the light, love, and peace of Jesus Christ, by word and deed, to those around the world who live in spiritual disbelief, darkness and despair. Our objectives are:

      • To multiply systematic and measurable involvement of congregations, organizations, professional church workers and individual Christians to reach as many people as possible with the precious Gospel of Christ.
      • To remove barriers that diminish effective Gospel proclamation or at least to not allow such barriers to stifle those efforts.

Mission Training Center develops people for God’s mission through training opportunities centered in the Bible and taught through the lenses of God’s mission. Participants confidently and competently reach into the community with appropriate and contextual proclamation and disciple-making ministry, as well as train and develop other apostolic disciples for God’s mission. So, if . . . .

      • You want to be better prepared to join God in His mission by serving more intentionally in your congregation or community, or
      • Your congregation is in need of well-trained missional leaders, or
      • You are interested in serving in organizations which require or expect a level of missional Biblical competency & knowledge, or
      • You are on a track to enter a seminary program or another organization in order to take further steps toward trained and/or professional ministry . . . .

Consider what Mission Training Center has to offer.

PLI is devoted to empowering leaders for wider influence for the sake of the gospel in their communities and effective leadership in their ministries, by training and investing in multiplying missional leaders. PLI helps leaders revive their understanding and application of the Great Commission in their local context. The result is discipleship lived out in vibrant communities. By God’s guiding, families and congregations are empowered to make deeper connections with non-believers, loving and leading as Jesus did. The result is wider influence for the sake of the Gospel.

The Southern District Mission Committee offers Spirit Kindle Grants to congregations, circuits, and ministries within the District to enable missional outreach when other financial resources are unavailable. The purpose of Spirit Kindle Grants is to partner with congregations to ignite the world with Christ’s love through projects that address evangelistic outreach and/or human care ministry endeavors. Highest priority is given to new and expanded efforts to reach unbelievers and the unchurched in our communities.

These grants will match the cost of a congregation’s outreach efforts up to $5,000.00.

For more information, contact Rev. Jason Scheler, Southern District Mission Executive (email or 850-520-0800)

Mission Toolbox - Other Resources

Exponential is a growing community of leaders committed to accelerating the multiplication of healthy, reproducing faith communities. We equip movement makers with actionable principles, ideas, and solutions. We are passionate about accelerating multiplication through movement makers!

There are currently eight Lifetree Cafés planted by Southern District congregations. These plants have been assisted by a Southern District Spirit Kindle Grant.  For more information, contact Rev. Jason Scheler (email or 985-796-7175).

What is Lifetree Café?
Simply put, it’s a “conversation café” – a place and time for people to gather weekly to experience stories and talk about thought-provoking topics relating to life and faith.

How long does it last?
The Lifetree experience lasts an hour.

Why is it called a “Café”?
Lifetree looks and feels like a cozy café – small tables, comfortable seating, warm environment. Plus, the refreshments at Lifetree Café are free!

What happens there?
The Lifetree hour typically includes real-life stories on film, presentation of interesting and relevant information, conversation with others, and helpful tips to take home.

Is there an admission charge?
It’s absolutely FREE! Nada! Zilch!

Who is it for?
Regardless of beliefs, Lifetree welcomes everyone – individuals, couples, singles, students, and families.

What’s the purpose?
Lifetree brings people together to explore important and intriguing life issues, serve the community, and experience God through Jesus Christ.

Is Lifetree a church?
No. Lifetree is a weekly event in a comfortable cafe-like environment. There’s no membership, no preaching, no singing.

How free am I to share my opinion?
You are very welcome to share your opinion and stories with others. Lifetree is an open and inviting space where everyone’s thoughts are welcome. And, at Lifetree Café, you’re free to simply listen, too. Everyone is treated with respect, even when opinions on a particular subject may differ.

MissionInsite provides community demographic analysis tools for churches, denominations, and faith-based nonprofits.

Areas that MissionInsite can help with include:

      • Cross-analysis of your organization and community
      • Mapping member, donor, and user tools
      • Stewardship and capital campaign resources
      • New mission and church planting tools
      • Targeted address lists
      • Wealth screening & fundraising tools
      • Neighborhood demographics
      • Future population and household projections

The Southern District Church Extension Fund (CEF) pays for all congregations of the District to use MissionInsite. Click here for a flier with instructions on how to log into MissionInsite and register your congregation.


SOMA Missional Communities are discipleship environments which cultivate life-on-life, life-in-community, and life-on-mission. We see each other’s lives in the everyday stuff so we can better follow Jesus in all of life. The Body of Christ is diversely gifted, and it takes many gifts fitted together to raise up mature disciples. And we reach people for Christ, revealing areas for growth, and equipping disciples who make disciples.

Verge Network exists to equip leaders for mission. Verge Network is for church leaders, students, entrepreneurs, artists, urban innovators, business leaders, community development specialists, non-profit leaders, church planters and everyday leaders – anyone pursuing the mission of God, in community, whatever the context, for the sake of the Gospel.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

The Lutheran Church—
Missouri Synod

The LCMS Southern District is part of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Grace Alone - Faith Alone - Scripture Alone

Contact Us

LCMS Southern District
100 Mission Drive
Slidell, LA 70460-5216

P: 504-282-2632
F: 985-871-9696

Get Social

Connect with the LCMS Southern District on Facebook and YouTube

Donate or Make a Payment


2024 LCMS Southern District