Ministry Partners of The FLGA District, LCMS

Supported Ministries

Florida-Georgia Lutheran Early Response, Inc. (FGLER) is a 100% volunteer disaster response nonprofit organization operating primarily in Florida and Georgia.

FGLER is here to serve and assist pastors, congregations, the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS), and their communities throughout the Florida-Georgia area and beyond by preparing for, responding to, and managing disaster responses.  They serve the Lutheran Church and its communities as part of the Church’s outreach ministry.

This nonprofit organization has been formed to assist churches with disaster relief. Our mission is to provide expertise, equipment, and leadership so that individuals in your church can assist with Disaster Relief. 

Florida Impact to End Hunger is dedicated to advancing health equity by ending hunger for all Floridians. They mobilize communities to maximize access to federal, state, and local food and nutrition programs, focusing on Florida’s most vulnerable populations.

The programs Florida Impact focuses on are afterschool meals, community eligibility provision, school breakfast, summer breakspot, and community SNAP engagement.

Inspiritus guides individuals and families on a path from surviving to thriving. They empower those whose lives have been disrupted to discover their strengths and resilience, accompanying them as they grow into vibrant contributors to their community.

At Inspiritus, the goal is to guide individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted on a path from surviving to thriving. Their name is derived from the word inspirit, which means to fill with strength or courage, and that is what Inspiritus does: help individuals and families discover their inner strength and resilience, leading to a more fulfilling life.

Vision: to create a movement of churches that connects the disconnected to Jesus.
Mission: to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Strategy: Right Person. Right Place. Right Support. Our church planting strategy is simple: train church planters and deploy them into the area they are called to plant with the resources they need to succeed.
Values: The gospel is our motivation and the principal means through which our work is accomplished. This is demonstrated by our commitment to preach, teach, and live out the new life in Christ through the Holy Spirit’s enabling, planters and pastors who exegete the scriptures with Christ at the center, demonstrated by churches that seek to contextualize word and sacrament ministry for their unique cultural settings.

Since its inception in 1987, Lutheran Counseling Services has provided a wide range of confidential professional counseling and consulting services to thousands of Florida residents regardless of race, creed, gender, religion, or national origin. Originally founded by the Lutheran Church and local community leaders, Lutheran Counseling Services has grown into an independent nonprofit providing mental health counseling, training, and consulting services to our local community and the nation.

At Lutheran Counseling Services, you will find a safe, caring environment where licensed mental health professionals provide counseling in a confidential relationship. The services at LCS are available to the entire Central Florida community. 

The Lutheran Legal League is made up of actively practicing attorneys who regularly attend worship in a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Simply stated, they are a unique organization of Christ-filled attorneys who desire to assist our Synodical churches, schools, ministries, missions, and LCMS members with their legal needs.

LLL is NOT a referral company, but rather their goal is to serve God by helping their brothers and sisters within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Lutheran Services of Florida (LSF) is an organization dedicated to serving the most vulnerable members of their communities by providing life-changing human services to all people regardless of age, background, or belief system.

LSF is dedicated to serving children and families, youth and teens, adults and elderly, refugees and immigrants through various programs ranging from substance abuse and mental health to education. Through their work, LSF helps communities build healthier, happier, and hope-filled futures.

Everyone needs a fresh start at some point. Whether it’s a family having a hard time putting food on the table or a refugee trying to find their place in a new world, Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida is available to help. 

Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida operates five very different community outreach programs that share an important commonality… the ability to help those facing hardships stabilize their lives and earn a fresh start . LSS provides services for hunger relief, refugees, HIV care, financial & career coaching, and much more!  

Mission Haiti walks beside our Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ, invests in them, and celebrates with them as they achieve self-sufficiency and their vision for an abundant life in Christ. 

Mission Haiti envisions that all of God’s children in the communities served to grow physically strong, spiritually vibrant, emotionally sound, economically whole, and socially rich, so much so that these communities reach out and serve others to grow likewise. 

Scott Gress is a leadership coach, coach trainer, consultant, and leadership presenter who helps leaders and organizations grow. Scott works with the FLGA district, churches, groups, and individuals. He has served 22 years as a parish pastor, has a master’s in leadership, and is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation and a Certified Leadership Coach through Internal Impact. He is the founder and president of The LCMS Coaching Network. Scott authored A Christian Coaching Guidebook: How To Come Alongside Others For Ministry Results and writes The Coaching Leader column for Lutheran Life magazine, which is also the title of his podcast. 

Learn more about Scott, read and subscribe to his blog on his website, or contact him for a complimentary strategic coaching session at scottgress@me.com or 561-542-4472.

The Stepping Stone Mission, Inc. started in July 2009 in response to God’s call to serve the homeless. They are servants of our Lord Jesus Christ operating through a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Stepping Stone is a Recognized Service Organization of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. 

The mission of Stepping Stone is to share the good news of Jesus Christ’s mercy and grace for us sinners with our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness. They provide our brothers and sisters with food and basic necessities and help toward rehabilitation, healing one’s life, and stability. 

Motivated by God’s grace, Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries seeks to reach out with the love of Christ to support single expectant and postpartum mothers. They do this by providing a safe and stable home. The women have opportunities for growth in their relationship with their Savior, as well as career, parenting, and life skills education.

Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries in a pro-life ministry. They support their mothers whether the mother chooses to place their baby for adoption or to parent. Either way, RLOM will walk alongside them in their journey. Every woman who calls Redeeming Life home will find help, love, and support.

Recommended Ministries

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP) is a grassroots, student-led ministry that began in Yellowstone National Park in 1951 with the dream of providing a Christian community for the people working in, living in, and visiting the first national park in the world.

For more than 70 years, ACMNP has given a Christian interpretation to the awe and grandeur of God’s creation in the nation’s national parks, serving employees, residents, and visitors through interdenominational worship services on Sundays.

Barna Group provides research, resources, and training to facilitate transformation in organizations, communities, and individuals.

At GriefShare, you’ll receive valuable guidance and tips, leading you to relief, comfort, and peace of mind.

A GriefShare support group is a safe, welcoming place where people understand the difficult emotions of grief. Through this 13-week group, you’ll discover what to expect in the days ahead and what’s “normal” in grief. Since there are no neat, orderly stages of grief, you’ll learn helpful ways of coping with grief, in all its unpredictability—and gain solid support each step of the way.

Habitat for Children Ministries is an organization that works for indigent and helpless children and families in need to help build the minds of young people and assist families to become stable in their communities. 

Habitat for Children Ministries is a non-profit Christian organization that seeks to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children and their families by providing food, clothes, shelter, education, school supplies, and medical supplies while sharing the Message of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

IRIS LENDING LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND, INC. is a lending library run solely by volunteers who lend books for free to legally visually impaired and blind handicapped individuals. The books are mailed free of charge to and from individuals living throughout the United States and Canada. When a patron has completed reading and returned the book to The Library, the next book on the patron’s “Want List” is sent in like manner. 

Lutheran Bible Translators partners with local leaders around the world to launch bible translation movements. They make God’s Word accessible to those who do not yet have it in the language they understand best.

The vision of Lutheran Bible Translators is vibrant Christian communities, deeply rooted in God’s Word, engaging fully in God’s mission in this generation.

Lutheran Education Association (LEA) links, equips and affirms educators and workers in ministry for the purpose of building up the body of Christ.

Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM) serves schools, churches, and families to advance the success of children with learning needs. Their vision as a ministry is to reach out and provide every child with the opportunity to receive specialized learning services.

LSEM provides resource room services, professional development, and educational support to churches and schools across the country. 

Mission Nation Publishing, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was established in 2016 to help churches include new ethnic groups in their membership. They began by printing books and sharing stories of immigrants who endured hardship and danger to become missionaries to America. Since then, MNP has evolved into a communications ministry that encourages and inspires diversity in the church using multimedia resources, including print, audio, video, and digital. 

Mission Nation Publishing‘s vision is to energize and equip churches to reach new ethnic groups in America with the gospel of Jesus. Their mission is to increase multi-ethnic ministries and increase support for the missionaries.

Mission Opportunities Short Term (MOST Ministries) is a Christian non-profit organization that connects, trains and sends short-term mission teams throughout the world in response to requests from missionaries and church bodies. MOST Ministries provides for the physical and spiritual needs of more than 10,000 people each year by connecting Goers, Senders, and Receivers. It is a commitment to the Great Commission that has compelled MOST Ministries to go far and near for the sake of the Gospel since 1989.

Phil Zielke fought cancer twice. Going through the disease two times, some moments were blanketed by feelings of hopelessness. But as challenging and dark as these trials were, something hopeful and positive was birthed. Using his illness and what he had learned through that journey, God equipped him to help others in similar situations. It was on Phil’s hospital bed that the vision of Phil’s Friends was born. 

Phil’s Friends supports others through care packages, weekly cards, and prayer because of the support he had received. In June of 2009, Phil left teaching to devote his time fully to building the organization. Within a few months, the organization moved out of Phil and Carrie’s basement and into the community to establish Phil’s Friends Hope Center.

Rebecca’s Garden of Hope, Inc. (RGOH), Tutoring & Mentoring Program is a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded in Orlando, Florida, in 2011. Before the launch of the nonprofit, students from the community were involved in various activities at OSL, starting in 2004. As the needs changed and the evidence of a greater opportunity became more apparent, the tutoring and mentoring program was launched, and RGOH was established. What started as a simple way to connect with youth in our local community quickly expanded to reaching other individuals nationwide in the Garden of Hope ministries. RGOH has touched the lives of thousands of children over the years and continues to identify other unique ways and resources to empower more youth to succeed. 

Rightnow Media believes the mission of the church matters. Everything they do is rooted in Jesus’s promise that God will use his people to change the world.

RNM is here to serve the church. They provide Christians worldwide with resources that inspire them to champion the mission Jesus gave to his people—making disciples of all nations. God calls us to focus our lives on him rather than on ourselves. Whether in church, in the workplace, or at home, we want to see disciples of Jesus love God and love others.