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MISSION U is Lutheran Hour Ministries’ new witnessing-training program designed to provide lay people with the tools and training needed to confidently accept their mission of sharing Jesus Christ with unique people in diverse settings. Learn more at http://www.whatsmissionu.com

Mission U will be offered concurrently at five locations on six dates running from September 2012 through March 2013.

Dates & Topics

Sept 22, 2012 MU-101 Equipping to Share:  Everyday Evangelism
Registration Closed

October 27, 2012  MU-102 Witnessing Methods: Seven Styles of Faith-Sharing
Registration Closed

January 12, 2013  MU-201 Dealing with the Tough Questions
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012

February 2, 2013 MU-202 The Outreach-Minded Church:  Unified & Mission
Registration Deadline: Jan. 12, 2013

March 9, 2013 MU-203 Sharing the Gospel in a Digital Age
Registration Deadline: Feb. 16, 2013

April 20, 2013 MU-301 “Christ Alone” in a Coexist World
Registration Deadline: Mar. 30, 2013

Teen Track: Five14 Event

The Teen Track will be offered at each location on during the first session. Youth interested in Five14 should register using the same registration as the Mission U Track.

Five14 is a witnessing-training program specifically designed to equip and inspire teenagers to share Jesus with their peers. The name five14 comes from the fifth chapter of Matthew. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden. People don’t light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

Register your high school youth via the registration link above!


Messiah, Midland - Brochure

St. Michael, Portage - Brochure

Christ the King, Southgate - Brochure

Trinity, Newberry - Brochure

Trinity, Utica - Brochure

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Midland Location

Richard P. Cohrs

Richard P. Cohrs is manager of District and Congregational Relations for Lutheran Hour Ministries, a position he has held since July 2008. In this position, Cohrs communicates the ministry resources and programs of the US Ministries Department to the district offices and congregations of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.


Portage Location

Amy Swim

Amy Swim has served as fourth-grade teacher and fifth-grade language arts teacher at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in St. Joseph, Michigan, since 2001. Beyond teaching, her duties have included service as interim youth director, coaching, Bible study leader, curriculum committee chairman, spelling bee coach, accreditation committee member, Jump Rope for Heart organizer with the American Heart Association, teachers’ conference presenter and community volunteer.

Prior to serving at Trinity, Swim was an English teacher at Lutheran High Northwest in Rochester Hills, Michigan; director of communications at Trinity Lutheran, Utica, Michigan; preschool teacher at St. Philip Lutheran, Houston, Texas; and junior high English and speech teacher at Trinity Lutheran, Roselle, Illinois.

Swim took a B.A. in elementary and secondary education with an English major/communication minor from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. She completed her M.A. in elementary education and leadership from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Coming from a long line of professional church workers and lay ministers, Swim has witnessed the blessings of living a life of faith and outreach to those the Lord leads in her path.


Southgate Location

Kurt Hofmeister

Kurt Hofmeister has served in teaching ministry for 34 years. He currently serves as Dean of Students and teacher at Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw, Michigan. Kurt has given numerous graduation addresses, spoken at national high school gatherings, and led both Sunday school and Bible studies. He also enjoys serving as a member of the praise team at his home congregation. Favorite outreach experiences include canvassing the community to encourage church involvement in the community and visiting with community families to encourage them to send their teens to the Christian high school alternative.


Newberry Location

Bruce Sutherland

Bruce is an LHM staff member and congregational lay leader in Niagara Falls, NY. He has shared the Gospel one-to-one hundreds of times and trained hundreds of lay people and pastors to be bold witnesses for Christ. He regularly leads evangelism teams into public gathering places and directs intensive evangelism day camps. Bruce wants to help you reach out with a message of hope to an unbelieving world as a demonstration of your obedient love for God and compassionate love and concern for the eternal destiny of your neighbor. As the Northeast Regional Manager for Lutheran Hour Ministries, he is responsible for communicating the outreach ministry resources and programs of LHM to congregations and professional church workers.

Prior to joining LHM, Bruce served in various ministry positions with the LCMS Eastern District, Concordia Seminary - St. Catharine’s, ON, and with The LCMS Foundation.


Utica Location

Kaye Dumas Wolff

Kaye has been presenting Lutheran Hour Ministries Equipping to Share workshops since 2001. She also authored the 2006 Lutheran Hour Advent Devotions in partnership with her husband Reverend Paul Wolff.

Kaye has led numerous workshops and seminars for religious, civic, and business groups. She is a member of the National LWML Gospel Outreach Committee.

Formerly, Kaye served as an LCMS National Mission Affiliate Member and on the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology Advisory Council of Concordia Lutheran Seminary, St. Louis. Kaye and husband Paul live in Southfield, Michigan.


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