Project ID: MX0001-65707
The Sinodo Luterano Mexico (SLM) is over 75 years old and is a partner church of the LCMS founded by LCMS missionaries in 1940. While the SLM is an active and self supporting church-body, developments over the last few decades have left them without a route to ordination in Mexico, and with stalled church-planting efforts.
Currently, there are only 3 ordained pastors serving the congregations of
the SLM, with the first newly ordained Lutheran pastor ordained last year, the first in 15 years. Vacancies in congregations are a serious and ongoing problem.
The Office of International Mission, in collaboration with the SLM president, Rev. Isaac Garcia, has identified a route to the ministry for Mexican students, and at present there are 7 men studying to be pastors online with the seminary in Ft. Wayne, and 2 at the new seminary in the Dominican Republic.
Additionally, it is expected that another 7 will begin this coming year.
Two LCMS professors are now serving in Mexico and teaching 10 other
men who are not members of SLM but of other Lutheran church-bodies
and confessions, as well as temporarily assisting with the congregational
vacancies until Mexican pastors can be ordained and placed.
Checks should be made out to Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod or LCMS
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Mission Advancement
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861
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