For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest, and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.
(Deut. 16:15)

Mark Gerken
Executive Asst. Missions, Human Care, and Stewardship
Phone: (515) 576-7666

Links of Interest
File Downloads

Ministry Plan for 2014

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Missio Apostolica - May 2013

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Missio Apostolica - May 2016

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Missio Apostolica - November 2016

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New Ministries Workshop Presentation

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Rural & Small Town Mission - January 2017

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Scholarship Application - Mission Events

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On a Mission to Support Christ’s Mission!

God has placed us, as people and congregations, right where we are "for such a time as this" (Esther 4:14). People unaware of the salvation and abundant life God has purchased for them through Jesus Christ are living all around us.  Together, as His people, we are charged with bringing His love and truth to them. To that end we are especially targeting unbelievers, men, former LCMS, and outreach through our vocation(s) and technology in our combined and individual mission outreach. May God bless our efforts as we walk On a Mission to Support Christ’s Mission! (IDW Mission Statement).

Mission News

Churches Planting Churches

Churches Planting Churches is designed to empower your congregation to give birth to daughter and/or multi-site churches and/or new ministries with biblically missional, and organizational integrity. This two-day intensive seminar includes process time for teams to develop initial plans for multiplication.

Friday, February 10, 5-9pm (registration begins at 4:30pm)
Saturday, February 11, 9am - 5pm

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
3900 Ashworth Rd
West Des Moines, IA 50265

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Hong Kong Connection

Hong Kong Connection is a project of Iowa District West's World Missions Subcommittee to share the Gospel with children and teens through teaching English. Mission teams are sent to Hong Kong twice a year, in July and February. Our goal is to send 6 teams to Hong Kong over the next 3 years and provide $500 scholarships to each person who participates.

To reach this goal, we need churches and schools to prayerfully consider funding a $500 scholarship for Hong Kong Connection. These funds will offset the individual cost to serve in the international mission field. Invite your congregation, individuals, Sunday school, LWML and others to be a part of this mission effort!

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Joining Jesus on His Mission

Written by an LCMS pastor, this is an excellent resource for helping your members understand what it means to live on mission in their everyday life! Copies of this book are available from the district office for $10.

Discussion Guides to go along with the book.

Guide 1 | Guide 2 | Guide 3 | Guide 4 | Guide 5 | Guide 6 | Guide 7 | Guide 8

Website for the author’s ministry:

Mission Videos

Planting New Ministries Introductory Workshop

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Mission Grant Invitation

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Mission Moment - Regional Outreach Conference

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Mission Moment - Campus Ministry

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Mission Moment - IOWAY

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Mission Moment - Camp Okoboji

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