Growing Disciples and Disciple-makers through Strategic Short-term Missions!

Involving your congregation in strategic short-term mission efforts can transform lost and hurting people in the mission field-- and in the process help your own team members grow as disciples and disciple-makers of Jesus.

For over 15 years, the Central American Lutheran Mission Society (CALMS) has been helping hundreds of congregations from all over the United States develop long-term relationships with specific at-risk villages in Central America.  Working together strategically, CALMS and congregational mission teams make and grow committed disciples of Jesus, equip local leaders, and help transform whole communities educationally, physically, and spiritually.

In the process, congregations like Cornerstone Lutheran Church, the host of this Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland conference, and one of CALMS’ partner congregations, are seeing God’s people develop new mission skills and grow as disciples of Jesus.

Attending a Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland session with CALMS leaders and a congregational team leader from Cornerstone Lutheran Church will answer your questions and help you take the next steps!

Presenters: Steve Hughey, Lori Newhouse, & Tony Seyfried   
CALMS’ Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Steve Hughey, has served as a cross-cultural missionary in South America, director of the Spanish Lutheran Hour, trainer of young adults preparing for missionary service, parish pastor, and leader of international mission efforts for our national church body. He is the founder of the Ysleta Lutheran Mission in El Paso Texas, the Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies and has written and spoken at numerous mission conferences about mission-related topics for many years.

Lori Newhouse has served as a CALMS board member, a short-term team leader, and is presently serving as CALMS’ Director of Advancement. Lori has been on staff at First Immanuel Lutheran in Cedarburg, Wisconsin and knows what congregations want and need in order to advance God’s mission at home in their own “Jerusalem” and in “ends of the earth” mission settings.

Tony Seyfried is an active member of Cornerstone Lutheran Church and is one of the congregation’s short-term leaders. He’ll share his story about how working with CALMS in the village of El Maguey in Guatemala has impacted the village, his congregation and his own life.