Our mission is to promote shalom (peace, well-being) and justice (right relationships) through a Christian ministry of service and advocacy with those who are oppressed, forgotten and hurting.
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's mission was inspired by several Biblical themes:
Salvation describes God’s total care for the people of His creation: health, healing, well-being, both now and forever. In our culture marked by individualism, we understand salvation also influences community. We intend to be all inclusive in love and concern for each other and engage in advocacy on behalf of human dignity.
"Here is a poor man who called out. The Lord heard him and saved him from all his troubles. The Messenger of the Lord camps around those who fear him and he rescues them.
The Kingdom of God is God’s caring rule and activity among people now and into eternity, most clearly expressed in Jesus Christ. This means that LMM upholds the dignity of every person. “In the kingdom of God nobodies are somebodies and somebodies are called upon to become nobodies in order to be somebodies in the Kingdom of God", Rev. Richard E. Sering, LMM Founding Executive Director.
"The Spirit of the Lord is with me. He has anointed me to tell the Good News to the poor. He has sent me to announce forgiveness to the prisoners of sin and the restoring of the sight to the blind, to forgive those who have been shattered by sin, to announce the year of the Lord's favor."
Peace, shalom, & eirene describe God’s intention that all people live in health, safety, security, harmony, prosperity, absence of war, and in covenantal peace with God. We continually work at right relationships.
"Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore."
Justice and righteousness refer to preserving the covenantal relationship between God and human kind and between people. Humans break the covenantal relationship (both ways) and Jesus is there with forgiveness, new start, reclamation, reconciliation, and the call to live in both covenantal relationships - both vertical and horizontal. We do not just pull bodies out of the river, but go upstream to find the cause, advocating just solutions.
"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
The gifts of people are assets to build upon in all ministry activities. Being created in the image of God, everyone is gifted. This assumes that at birth God placed unique abilities, interests and skills into all people. Rather than considering deficits, what is lacking, we choose to focus on the assets, or strengths of individuals. In our journey with each other we work to discover individual giftedness.
"Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
Lives of service that guard and promote human dignity. LMM staff members are joined at the heart with the mission of Jesus and joined at the heart with the people we serve with. Our service is characterized by the “upside down pyramid.” We see ourselves as called to be advocates for others.
"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."