Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Specialized Pastoral Ministry (SPM)
and Ministry to the Armed Forces military chaplains deliver Christ’s
mercy through their words and service, providing much-needed spiritual
care for His people in unique and challenging environments.
SPM includes ordained and commissioned church workers who bring the
Gospel of Jesus Christ into institutions and emergency contexts, serve
hurting and broken people who are often in crisis. Where people are
experiencing spiritual and emotional pain on top of physical suffering,
there you will find an SPM chaplain.
LCMS military chaplains serve in similar ways, but in the
ever-changing, pluralistic and increasingly dangerous environments where
our nation’s armed forces serve. While they are non-combatants,
military chaplains still eat, sleep, train, work and exercise with their
flock, both in combat and in garrison, bringing the Gospel of Jesus
Christ to distressed service members and providing counsel to commanders
on morale and ethical issues.
Whether serving through SPM or Ministry to the Armed Forces, LCMS
chaplains are eager to bear witness to Christ and His forgiveness,
coming alongside people of all faiths or no faith: listening to what
burdens hearts, praying for troubled souls and asking Christ’s mercy for
O Lord almighty God, as You have always granted special gifts of
the Holy Spirit to Your Church on earth, grant Your continual blessing
to all who minister in Your name in the armed forces, in institutional
and emergency services chaplaincy, in pastoral counseling and clinical
pastoral education, that by Your grace, they may honor Christ and
advance the good of those committed to their care, through Jesus Christ,
our Lord. Amen.