Servant of Christ Awards
Each year, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota recognizes partnering congregations that are leaders in social ministry and social justice in their community, have a connection to LSS services in their area, and faithfully provide financial support for the service ministry of LSS.
Congregations in each of the six ELCA Synods in Minnesota may be nominated by pastors, staff, congregation members, individuals in the community or LSS employees. Servant of Christ congregations are recognized at their respective Synod assemblies each spring as well as in a presentation directly to the congregation.
Selection criteria includes:
- The strength, longevity, or richness of the relationship between the congregation and LSS.
- A powerful connection to a service offered by LSS.
- Providing extraordinary social ministry leadership in their community, whether or not as part of an LSS service.
- Financial stewardship to LSS, both through congregational pledging and gifts from individual donors.