To promote shalom (peace, well-being, health, harmony, wholeness) and justice (the demands of right relationship in community) through Christian ministry of service and advocacy with those who are oppressed, forgotten and hurting.
According to Rev. Richard E. Sering, founding executive director of LMM, such a mission statement and such a mission don’t just happen. He wrote:
“It was not conjured up in a backroom by clergy ennobled by good Lutheran beer. It gets hammered out over years of following Jesus’ call to participate with him in His kingdom of God ministry—preaching good news to the poor, proclaiming release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind and setting at liberty those who are oppressed. Wielding the hammers over the years were clergy and lay, younger and older, black and white, male and female, persons with disabilities and able bodied persons, wealthy and modest means, street educated and highly educated, Lutherans, Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, UCC members, Baptists, Jews, Muslims, agnostics and, goodness, probably a few secular humanists.”