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Set Apart to Serve



LCMS church work recruitment initiative


God gives His church pastors and church workers for the sake of the Gospel. Pastors proclaim Christ and administer the Sacraments, means through which people receive Christ’s saving work. Church workers assist the pastoral office in service to the Word, witnessing to Christ daily in various roles. Christ’s church will continue until He returns, and that church will continue to need workers.


Parents/grandparents, pastors, professional church workers, Sunday school teachers and others in your congregation help influence children to consider serving the church in these sacred and joyful vocations. Set Apart to Serve (SAS) is an initiative of the LCMS to recruit church workers. Since church work is rooted in Baptism and a lifetime of hearing the Word, SAS encourages young people to consider church work vocations primarily through their continued and faithful involvement with their congregation.





Goals of SAS


  1. Immediately increase FRUITFUL ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN INFLUENTIAL ADULTS AND YOUTH who might embark on journeys toward full-time church work vocations.

  2. Significantly increase the NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS ENROLLED IN CHURCH WORKER FORMATION PROGRAMS at our Concordia University System institutions and LCMS seminaries to ensure that the LCMS continues to proclaim and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our congregations and communities in the coming decades.


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What is Set Apart to Serve?

Set Apart to Serve SAS is an initiative of the LCMS to recruit church workers. Since church work is rooted in Baptism and a lifetime of hearing the Word, SAS encourages young people to consider church work vocations primarily through their continued, faithful involvement within their congregation.


What is “vocation”?

Christ died for all and calls all people to believe in Him. God calls His baptized children to love Himand to serve their neighbor. “Vocation” is the word for this call to believe and serve. Trusting that Christ calls people to church work vocations through His people, SAS encourages people to find occasionsto talk to youth about opportunities to use their gifts to serve God and His church full time. SAS encour- ages members of LCMS congregations and church workers to have conversations with young Christians about vocation based on God’s Word, to help them understand God’s will for every Christian vocation, and to encourage them to serve God in their specific vocations.


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