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Produced by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, A Resource for Church Planting offers a step-by-step approach for planting churches and provides a foundation for what it means to be a Lutheran congregation.

The resources, which support LCMS National Mission’s Mission Field: USA initiative, present a plan for church planting from forming a core group to becoming a fully established congregation in the LCMS.

Learn in a way that best suits you — through online learning modules or by reading an illustrated guidebook.

Online Learning

The Mission Field: USA online learning resource offers four 1-hour video and audio training modules. The platform remembers your progress so you can come back to finish at your pace.


A Resource for Church Planting is a step-by-step guidebook that uses Witness, Mercy and Life Together as the framework to help organize and nurture a new congregation.

LCMS Church Planting