Congregation Outreach &

Christian Volunteerism

Send Me St. Louis


Send Me St. Louis, previously known as the Faith-Based Health Care initiative, was created in 2006 to connect health care professionals from area congregations to health-related volunteer opportunities in the St. Louis region. In 2008, at the request of Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis, the Send Me St. Louis Board of Directors voted to expand its mission beyond just health-care volunteers and serve as the coordinating agency in a new effort supporting Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis’s Christian Volunteerism funding focus area. The Missouri District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) also began collaborating in this new initiative. 

Since that time, Send Me St. Louis, Lutheran Foundation, and the Missouri District of the LCMS have learned much about how best to work with congregations and their members in service that glorifies God, strengthens the community of faith, and positively impacts the lives of hurting people. Send Me has also expanded its scope to support congregations as they reach out to their communities and provide social service outreach ministries.

Today, Send Me's services reflect a commitment to support pastors and congregational leaders who are striving to develop their members’ gifts, skills, and passions for service. Send Me equips and inspires congregations as they develop systems to strengthen their volunteer management activities and explore, launch new, or strengthen existing social service outreach ministries. Send Me does this through the following ways:

  • on-line resources
  • face-to-face trainings
  • coaching
  • networking opportunities
  • referrals
  • opportunities for hands-on service

To learn more about Send Me St. Louis and available services, click here.