You know what? Lutherans don't have the best or the newest or the smartest communication technology there is. We never will. It's not a major priority for us. That's because, when it comes to communication, even the very best technology cannot replace human contact, interaction and connection.
We take our cue from Jesus himself, who came down from heaven to be with us and to walk by our side. He knew that, when it comes to really connecting with people, trying to communicate from a distance just doesn't cut it. So building communities of believers and worshipping regularly is very important to us, as is connecting with people in caring face-to-face conversations.
That's not to say we're not making use of God's great gift of communication technology. As you'll see in this section of the website, we're all over the world with our message that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of all. That's not a message to be hidden under a bush; we want to proclaim it loudly and clearly, and so we are using whatever modern means available to us to do that.
No matter what new technology we use, though, we'll always have at the centre of our communications the heart of God who reaches out with love and grace to every person in their need.
How we serve
The LCA Communications team works hard to create and support effective communication channels across the entire LCA/NZ and provide opportunities for you to engage with your national and district offices and agencies and with each other.
Our guiding light is Ephesians 4:29, which urges us to use our communications to build up, not to tear down. Therefore a key focus of LCA Communications is to support all of you (individuals, families, congregations, communities and agencies of the LCA/NZ) to be places where God’s loving action comes to life.
We support you by providing and constantly developing new communications methods (for example websites, eNews, weekly bulletin notices and PowerPoints, social media, video) and, of course, through our beloved magazine The Lutheran.
LCA Ministry Support
Communications is a department of the Executive Office of the Church, also known as Ministry Support. It is one of five departments exercising the 'enabling' functions outlined in our Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) Strategic Direction 2015–2018. Working with us are:
Together we provide the support services for LCA and Lutheran Church of New Zealand (LCNZ) agencies and congregations that enable them to focus on their mission and ministry activities (the 'go' and 'grow' priorities in our LCA Strategic Direction).
And just a final note: LCA Communications is not to be confused with Lutheran Media, whose charter is to reach out through media to the unchurched. As such, Lutheran Media sits within the Executive Office – Local Mission.