The “&” in Witness & Outreach underscores that there are two different elements to this ministry of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Witness is the work we have been given to do as the church scattered. We have opportunities to speak of Jesus with the people in our everyday lives who are our friends, co-workers, neighbors, family members, etc.
Outreach is the work we do as the church gathered. It is our collective effort through ministries, services, events and other activities as the church through which we invite and include others into Word and Sacrament ministry.
Witness & Outreach are distinct, but they work together so people will know of Jesus and be gathered into His Church through us.
Resources for Witnessing
Witness, or individual evangelism, is the work we do as individuals to share the Gospel with the people in our lives, such as family, friends, and coworkers, who don’t yet know the love of Jesus. It’s centered around the context of relationships we already have, not engaging strangers or creating artificial relationships.
The main resource for witnessing provided by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is the Every One His Witness Lutheran evangelism program, which can be ordered through Concordia Publishing House. Participants learn: What is witnessing? Why do we witness? And the “how-to” of witnessing using the LASSIE approach: Listen, Ask, Seek, Share, Invite, and Encourage.
This program takes place in two parts: First, an on-site core module training is led by a local leader. Second, attendees are invited to join the context module training website to dive deeper into witnessing in specific contexts.