Lutheran Ministries Media Commemorates 2,000 Programs2 min read

Lutheran Ministries Media commemorated its 2,000th program on the Sunday, February 24, broadcast of Worship Anew. It was on October 5, 1980 the ministry began airing the weekly program (then known as Worship for Shut-Ins).

The story of the ministry began in 1965 with Rev. Oswald Bertram, who had a vision to reach people with God’s Word through media. The program was filmed at the WSPD television station in Toledo, Ohio, and broadcast until the Lord called Pastor Bertram to his eternal home in May of 1979. Production then ceased, leaving a great void.

Students from Our Savior Lutheran School in Grand Rapids watch their choir’s recorded performance.

Soon, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., seeing the needs of its congregation and the surrounding area, took up the challenge of restarting the television ministry. And in the fall of 1980, Fort Wayne’s WPTA began broadcasting Worship for Shut-Ins for the first time under the new flagship of Lutheran Ministries Media, Incorporated (LMM).

With the Lord’s blessing, the ministry grew, and facilities and technology advanced. They moved from their long-time home at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and opened the Wolf Chapel and Elsie Rossman Media Center on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in 2010. They transitioned from standard to high definition in 2014, and eventually became known as Worship Anew in 2017.

Throughout 2,000 programs, and multiple generations, LMM has reached many with God’s Word. Worship Anew is now in several television markets throughout the country, reaching thousands every week, and has seen viewership more than double over the past five years. Matthew Leighty, Lutheran Ministries Media Executive Director shares, “We still hold close to where the program began—ministering to the aging, the hurting, and those who are facing life’s most difficult circumstances. According to the Lord’s will, we look forward to the next 2,000 programs, and many more years of sharing Christ’s love through Worship Anew.”

Produced by Lutheran Ministries Media and centered on the mission of “sharing Christ’s love through ministry and media,” Worship Anew is a weekly televised 30-minute program that is broadcast in the United States and around the world. Its traditional format includes Scripture readings, a pastor’s message, prayers, and favorite church hymns. It can be seen on Sunday morning in multiple television markets throughout Michigan. Stations, times, and sermon topics can be found at

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Matthew F. Leighty is the Executive Director of Lutheran Ministries Media, Inc.

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