An In-Depth Guide to the Reformation

October 9, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

It’s right around the corner–October 31, 2017–the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It’s a monumental moment in the history of the Church—started when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the doors of Castle Church.

Since then, the task of every Lutheran has been to make known the love of Christ. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has faithfully pursued this mission by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world for the last 170 years. And for nearly 40 years, Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) has been the LCMS-based financial partner to help make the Gospel of Christ heard.

It’s a legacy, history and commitment we take very seriously. Our love for the Church is strong and we cherish the opportunity to play a part in proclaiming the gift of forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ.

That’s why we proudly sponsored, the LCMS website dedicated to Reformation 500.

The website is divided into five sections. Let’s look at a small sample from each.


In this section, you’ll learn more about Luther’s famous seal and the motto of the Reformation (VDMA). You can also get acquainted with the city of Wittenberg through a detailed map. And an extensive timeline will help you understand when the main events of the Reformation happened in comparison to world events (like Columbus’ discovery of the Americas).


You’ll read compelling and clear articles on the blog, such as “What did the Reformers Say about Angels?” or “Lutherans and the Early Church Fathers.” New posts are published about every three days. Subscribe to the email newsletter and you’ll never miss a post.


In a video series called “Treasures of the Reformation,” Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison discusses the Reformation. Visit the congregation resource kit for downloadable materials to promote your congregation’s Reformation 500 celebration. Or you can listen to a number of podcasts focused on the Reformation—perfect for that long commute.


In this section, you can check out all that’s happening in your area related to the Reformation or discover ideas on how to host your own celebration. You can also add your congregation’s or district’s celebration to the list. Keep checking back because the page is updated regularly.


The Resources page is full of great educational tools on the Reformation. There’s a reading list of Martin Luther’s books created by C.F.W. Walther. Read through all the short, but interesting biographies in the Faces of the Reformation archive. And don’t miss the supply of Reformation-themed worship services, special music and devotional music. is a superb resource—one we are very proud of. We highly recommend you spend some time exploring.

Enjoy and God bless you!

Demian Farnworth
Senior Content Writer for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.