Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Set Apart to Serve is the LCMS’ initiative to recruit pastors and church workers to hand over the saving faith to God’s people, passing on the Christian faith from one generation to the next until our Savior’s return.

Christ provides workers for His church through His people. That’s why we need your help to make this initiative the best it can be.

We would like to collect input from you and the members of your congregation through a short online survey. Please use the following text in your bulletin or newsletter:

Do you know any young man who would make a great pastor? How about someone who would be a great Lutheran school teacher, deaconess or DCE? Jesus gives His church people who work full time in service to the Gospel. He told us to pray for such workers. The LCMS continues to pray, and has begun Set Apart to Serve (SAS), an intentional effort to encourage young people to consider church work as their career. Your opinion can help improve SAS. Please fill out a brief survey at by March 15, and let us know how you think SAS can be beneficial to your congregation. Thank you.

The more responses we receive the better equipped we can be to serve the church in this effort. We would appreciate receiving all responses by March 15. All responses are completely anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions, please reach out to the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-THE LCMS (843-5267) or

Thank you for your time and support in helping the LCMS with this important initiative.

In Christ, Rev. Dr. James Baneck
Executive Director
LCMS Office of Pastoral Education

Congregation Survey: Set Apart to Serve