Our Ministry Partners

Ministry Partners are ELCA or ecumenical organizations collaborating with LOM. Currently, we provide a ministry partner membership for the annual fee of $100.  Ministry Partner benefits include:

  • Use of the LOM Logo on your website with the hope that you will provide a very visible link on your website to the LOM website.
  • A Listing in the Ministry Partner Page of the LOM Website that includes a link to your website.
  • A New Member Announcement in the LOM e-newsletter
  • One “From One of Our Ministry Partner Members” Article in the LOM e-newsletter
  • One Postal Mailing, produced & distributed by you,  using the LOM Mailing list

For more information, contact:  Don Johnson, executive director, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, at or 603-848-9904.  To become a Ministry Partner member of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, please send a check for $100 payable to Lutheran Outdoor Ministries with a notation that it’s for a Ministry Partner membership to Jon Skogen, LOM Administrator, 1218 W. Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60613.  Our current ministry partners for 2018 include:

ALDE inspires, educates, and mentors the Christian fundraising community to spark generosity for mission. We are an international community of fundraising, marketing, communications, and nonprofit leadership professionals rooted in the Lutheran tradition of the Christian faith and dedicated to serving God’s people in the church and the world. Join us this February-March for the IGNITE Conference: Minneapolis 2018 and learn how to ignite mission success with transformational fundraising and effective communications – ignitespark.org. Learn more about ALDE at alde.org.


The best and brightest students at the seven ELCA Seminaries have some connection to an outdoor ministry.  Thank you for continued partnership and for continually identifying and nurturing candidates for ministry.



Lutheran World Relief has a program called “Farmers Market Coffee” that they believe is one of the most tangible ways that camps and conference centers can engage with them in their ministry of hospitality.  LWR Farmers Market Coffee is a new line of coffee sourced directly from farmers participating in Lutheran World Relief projects. Every delicious cup helps transform poor communities that depend on their coffee crop to feed their families. With LWR Farmers Market Coffee, farmers aren’t just suppliers of coffee beans, they are partners in the coffee business. Farmers are given a stable, predictable, and high price upfront for their beans. Go to lwr.org/coffee to learn more about how you can serve your camp’s guests delicious coffee that makes a real difference. For more information contact Brandi Monroe-Payton at .

The Mission Investment Fund, a financial ministry of the ELCA, provides loans for the capital projects of ELCA congregations and ministries.  MIF has financed the construction and renovation of a number of Lutheran outdoor ministries’ camp buildings, cabins and retreat centers, and we are honored to partner with you on these special projects.  MIF funds these loans with the investments we offer to ELCA congregations, ministries and members.  For more information about the investments and loans of the Mission Investment Fund, please call Don Hallberg at 708-822-4921 or email him at http://www.mif.elca.org/


Donate. 25 cents feeds a kid, $1 a family of 4. Money raised turns into people fed.  Volunteer.  We need hands to put the meals together. The average person can package 160 meals an hour. Volunteer hours needed are determined by the amount of money raised. Every $40 funds one hour of packaging for one person.  Receive.  Once packaged, the meals are given—free of charge—to regional food banks, local pantries, and school backpack programs.  The group that raises the money and raises up the volunteers decides 100% where the meals go. The vast majority stay in the county in which they were packaged.  Like and Share:


As an ELCA ministry, Portico Benefit Services offers health, retirement, disability, and survivor plans to help rostered leaders and lay employees strengthen their well-being. Portico strives to empower our plan members to live well for life — physically, financially, and emotionally. By living well as whole people of God, we can better enhance the lives of others — doing God’s work in Christ’s name for the sake of the world. Consider partnering with Portico Benefit Services to provide benefits to your employees.  https://www.porticobenefits.org


2017 Ministry Partners:



Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated (LSA) is the national office that supports and sustains one of the largest health and human services networks in the country with over 300 members nationwide. The LSA network of multi-service providers share a common mission to help vulnerable, low-income people become more self-sufficient and live more independent lives with economic security and a higher quality of life. LSA members are experts in providing services as diverse as the geographic areas they serve, including foster care, affordable housing, health care, senior services, disability services, mental health services, and refugee resettlement, among others.  Collectively, LSA members serve 1 in 50 people in the U.S.  each year, have combined revenues of over $20 billion, employ close to 250,000 people, and rank number #20 on the Philanthropy 400, an annual listing of the nation’s largest nonprofits.  http://www.lutheranservices.org/

Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) is a faith-based, full-time service and leadership program operating in 13 cities across the United States.  Our mission is to unite people to work for peace with justice.  We do this by placing Volunteers in full-time positions at social justice organizations for one year. All of our Volunteers live in intentional community, practicing simple and sustainable living, while exploring spirituality. LVC Volunteers unite their time and talents with the time and talents of society’s marginalized people through direct service, indirect service, advocacy/public policy & community organizing positions throughout the country.  http://lutheranvolunteercorps.org/


“Harvesting Your Life’s Wisdom” RetreatsMinistry with, and for those nearing or in retirement offers a valuable opportunity for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries.   The Elder time of life is when we understand that life’s hills & valleys provide us with the gift of wisdom.  A treasure trove of experiences brings the insight to ask the Lutheran question: “What does this mean?” And then, how do we find mea­­­­­ning and purpose so we can discover well-being in this life transition while serving those near and far?  Retired Spirit in the Desert Executive Director Paul Campbell, has two retreats ready for your centers.  His e-mail address is

We are at a significant time in the life of the Christian Church.  We believe that we need a transformation in the way we envision and design faith formation for all ages and generations in the twenty-first century. We need congregations that are vital faith forming communities. We need families—in all their different forms—to be communities of faith practice. We need all ages to be engaged in faith forming experiences for a lifetime. We need to engage those who no longer experience belonging and meaning in the Christian faith.  Vibrant Faith is driven to continue to learn what makes for effective life-transform­ing faith formation and congregational life. Research is at the heart of everything we do—training, coaching, digital projects, creative initiatives. We partner with you in creating new knowledge about what works for life-transforming faith formation and communities. Together with you, Vibrant Faith will benefit the entire Christian church.  https://www.vibrantfaith.org/