LWML | Mission Grant Story: Support For Lutheran Public Radio – $40,000
Lutheran Public Radio (LPR) is home for the weekday terrestrial and Internet radio show “Issues, Etc.” which has been on the air for 20 years proclaiming the Word of salvation and providing a better understanding of contemporary social issues in a Christian context. Being the principle effort of LPR, Issues, Etc. is a live, call-in, topical radio show featuring The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod pastors, professors, and laypeople, and other professional church workers that provide catechesis for its listeners. Experts on social issues, government relations, church music and liturgy, church history, and journalism are frequent guests on the show where the audience is invited to respond and interact by phone, email, Twitter, and Facebook.
LPR is deeply rooted in the teachings of the LCMS and is clearly committed to the Scriptures, creeds, and confessions. Just as the LWML as the priority of impacting the world for Christ, LPR has the same global mission. Issues, Etc. has a very small staff of three full-time employees. They are responsible for producing 10 hours of live radio programming each week. Each staff member has multiple daily duties and responsibilities, and the maintenance of the development programs and activities has grown creating a need for additional staff.
The grant from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League will make it possible for Lutheran Public Radio to employ a part-time bookkeeper who will free up the existing staff to concentrate more effectively on the development goals and donor needs. It will help to ensure the continued, long-term financial viability and sustainability of Issues, Etc., allowing them to expand the goal of educating a new generation of Lutherans.