Men’s Ministry Network

Supporting and caring for the development of men’s ministries
within the Northeastern Iowa Synod.


One Year to Live Men’s Retreat

Nov. 8 – 10, 2019
Camp Ewalu, Strawberry Point, Iowa

Men of all ages are invited to attend the “One Year to Live” men’s retreat set for the weekend of Nov. 8-10 at Ewalu Camp & Retreat Center, Strawberry Point.

This “spiritual boot camp” is a unique opportunity for men to examine their lives, make decisions for their future, and experience spiritual and personal growth as part of a special fellowship of brothers.

The weekend starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday and concludes at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The early registration fee is $150, due by Friday, Oct. 25; $175 after that date. The fee includes two nights lodging, five meals and retreat materials.

Download brochure/registration form.

Learn more about the Lutheran Men in Mission Retreat.

Volunteers needed for 2019 disaster relief effort

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Lutheran Men in Mission is partnering with Lutheran Disaster Response and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission to help 2017 hurricane victims recover in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. As of April 2019, 32 homes have been completed, with 40-plus more in the queue and 20 more under consideration.   

You can be part of this effort by volunteering to work.
The work will primarily be related to rafters and roofing, including demolition and reconstruction. All labor skills/abilities are welcome, with a real need for experienced carpenters. Participants only perform tasks within their ability and comfort level. Both men and women, as individuals or groups, are welcome to volunteer.

Volunteers who stay 15 days or more, and work on homes 40 hours each of the 2 weeks, will have their airfare, transportation, room and board paid for by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Volunteers are welcome for one-week trips, but will be responsible for their expenses.

Volunteers are needed for teams working the following dates:
Oct. 19-Nov. 2, 2019
Nov. 2-16, 2019
Nov. 16-30, 2019
Nov. 30-Dec. 14, 2019
Dec. 28, 2019-Jan. 11, 2020

Download the St Croix Mission FAQ Sheet.
Learn more about this project and sign up to volunteer online.

For additional details regarding volunteering, registering and travel, please email Lon Buss at




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Men’s MinistryNetwork



  • Encouragement of developing men’s ministries within congregations of the Northeastern Iowa Synod.
  • Generational bonds of men of the church.
  • The need for men of the community to have a relationship with the church and with other men of faith.



  • Support local churches as they work on developing men’s ministries and leadership in their congregations.



  • Find and develop leaders of men’s ministry within the congregations of the Northeastern Iowa Synod.
  • Make available opportunities for gatherings of men of the Northeastern Iowa Synod.



Jim Rathe


Synod Council Liaison

Jonathon Struve


Synod Staff

Rev. Mark Anderson 


These quarterly Ambassador-Grams from Lutheran Men in Mission share information about LMM ministries and upcoming events.



October 2018
Disaster Recovery Efforts, One Year to Live Retreats, Bold Gathering


December 2018
Project Twelve, Disaster Recovery Efforts, 2019 One Year to Live Retreats, Bold Gathering


Lutheran Men in Mission Website
Lutheran Men in Ministry Newsletter – Foundations


Video – Building Men for Christ


Coming of Age: Exploring the Spirituality and Identity of Younger Men
by David W. Anderson; Paul G. Hill; Dr. Roland D. Martinson


coming-of-ageWhat is the state of faith today among younger men in the church? How is the church responding to the spiritual needs of a new generation? Armed with these questions and many more, authors Roland Martinson, Paul Hill, and David Anderson conducted interviews with young men (ages 18-40) of differing life and faith experiences, and differing ethnic backgrounds in six regions of the U.S. This new book, Coming of Age, is based on the results of this study.