We help communities grow stronger.

At the heart of LSMNJ’s Community Engagement is the understanding that we are each called to love and serve our neighbors.

We believe that:

  • All congregations have strengths and resources but can benefit from additional support and encouragement.
  • Community engagement involves mutual respect, as well as a recognition and affirmation of the heritage, culture, and customs of both community and congregation.
  • A ministry of community engagement focuses on empowerment and self-determination in response to community needs.

What is Community Engagement?

Through our community engagement programs at LSMNJ, we support congregational ministry by:

  • Creating congregational links with LSMNJ programs;
  • Helping congregations develop new outreach/engagement initiatives or partner with existing programs in their community;
  • Mentoring congregations through resource development;
  • Offering grant funding and other resources through Lutherans Feeding Friends to assist worship communities that are feeding their hungry neighbors; and
  • Providing networking opportunities for the sharing of information and ideas.

For more information about LSMNJ’s Community Engagement, contact Beth Gebhart at 609-699-4133 or bgebhart@lsmnj.org.