By a vote of 867 to 15, the delegates of the LCMS’ 2013 National Convention overwhelmingly passed a resolution, commending the past work of the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation (NHSC) and encouraging additional work by LCMS entities and their partners in the area of community development.
Operating since 2007, the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation builds on a rich 40-year legacy of active housing support to American communities by the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). In the last six years, NHSC has provided support and services to LCMS congregations, districts, Rostered Service Organizations, and their community partners – assisting them in carrying out major neighborhood revitalization efforts in more than 20 states. All told, NHSC technical assistance and fundraising have distributed more than $6 million in support to community betterment efforts nationwide over the last five years.
The text of the supported resolution is included below.
To Commend the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation
WHEREAS, Our Lord commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31); and
WHEREAS, Christ Jesus in His ministry on earth provided us the most perfect example of living this command through His attention to both the spiritual and bodily needs of people; and
WHEREAS, Housing and shelter are basic human needs, present in the communities that the Synod serves; and
WHEREAS, Housing and community development services can play a vital role in revitalizing LCMS congregations in areas that have been economically ravaged and blighted; and
WHEREAS, The LCMS has a rich history of providing shelter and housing support to those in need, as exemplified in its leadership in the Keys for Christ affordable housing campaign, the Brooklyn Nehemiah housing project, the Saint Louis College Hill neighborhood revitalization project, and the Fort Wayne St. Peter’s Roman Catholic/Zion Lutheran neighborhood revitalization effort; and
WHEREAS, LCMS housing projects have created more than a half a billion dollars in new housing and provided homes for more than 15,000 families since 1970; and
WHEREAS, The LCMS National Housing Support Corporation (Lutheran Housing Support), the Synod’s housing intermediary since 2007, has been the beneficiary and distributor of more than $5.7 million in grants, training, and consulting services for the betterment, improvement, and revitalization of communities spearheaded by LCMS entities throughout the United States; and
WHEREAS, Lutheran Housing Support continues the Synod’s rich legacy of serving our neighbors’ bodily needs through housing and community development services; therefore be it
Resolved, That the Synod thank God for His blessings and gifts―most specifically the opportunities that He has provided to serve our neighbors’ needs of body and soul; and be it further
Resolved, That the Synod give thanks for the work of Lutheran Housing Support on behalf of LCMS congregations, districts, and recognized service organizations; and be it further
Resolved, That the LCMS continue to pray for and support housing and community development efforts; and be it finally
Resolved, That LCMS congregations, districts, and recognized service organizations be encouraged to take leadership roles in neighborhood revitalization efforts near LCMS congregations, providing opportunities for Gospel proclamation.