The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod carries out its ministry with the invaluable help of a number of partners and organizations.



Lutheran Laymen’s League

As the official men’s auxiliary of the LCMS, the Lutheran Laymen’s League is the governing body for Lutheran Hour Ministries, a Christian outreach ministry empowering and equipping churches to communicate the Gospel to all people. 

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Lutheran Women’s Missionary League

As the official women’s auxiliary of the LCMS, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League encourages and equips women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions.

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Synodwide Corporate Entities

Concordia Historical Institute

Concordia Historical Institute is the Department of Archives and History of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

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Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House is the official publisher of the LCMS, and CPH offers more than 8,000 products for use in Christian congregations, schools and homes.

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The Lutheran Church Extension Fund — Missouri Synod

The Lutheran Church Extension Fund facilitates faith and the reaching out to others with the Good News through investments, loans and services that help build, transform and keep our church vital.

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Foundation

The LCMS Foundation provides Lutheran donors with charitable expertise and opportunities to ensure that families are provided for and beloved ministries are supported.

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Concordia University System

The Concordia University System provides for the education of pre-seminary students, ministers of religion–commissioned, other professional church workers of the Synod and those desiring a Christian liberal-arts education, and it coordinates the activities of the Synod’s colleges and universities.

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Synodwide Trust Entities

Concordia Plan Services

Concordia Plan Services is the benefits provider of choice for more than 6,000 LCMS congregations, schools, universities, seminaries, and other organizations in the United States and in mission fields worldwide.

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Inter-Lutheran Entities

Lutheran Services in America

The LCMS is a founding partner of Lutheran Services in America, a social service organization that serves one in every 50 Americans through services in health care, aging and disability support, community development, housing, and child and family strengthening.

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International Lutheran Council

The International Lutheran Council is a worldwide association of established confessional Lutheran church bodies that exists for the purpose of encouraging, strengthening and promoting confessional Lutheran theology and practice centering in Jesus Christ, both among member churches and throughout the world.

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Recognized Service Organizations

The LCMS works with approximately 300 Recognized Service Organizations (RSOs) to extend its mission outreach, education and social ministry.

These independent organizations — which include a number of elementary and high schools, camps, mission societies and social service organizations — agree to foster the mission and ministry of the LCMS and ensure their programs and services are in harmony with the doctrine and practice of the Synod.

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Partner Church Bodies

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is in altar and pulpit fellowship with several church bodies worldwide.

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Vision and Mission

Making Disciples for Life Resource Center

Making Disciples for Life

Making Disciples for Life Resource Center

Church Work Recruitment Initiative

Making Disciples for Life Resource Center

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  Staff Switchboard: 800-248-1930
  Donor Care Line: 888-930-4438

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

A contribution designated (restricted) for a specific purpose when accepted, will be used only to fund expenses related to that purpose. Occasionally, we may receive more in contributions for a particular purpose than can be wisely applied to it in the foreseeable future or the purpose may cease to be feasible. In these situations, the LCMS will make reasonable attempts to contact contributors to apply their contribution differently. If a contributor cannot be contacted, the LCMS will use the gift to meet a similar pressing need that most closely matches the contributor's original intent. Consistent with Synod Board policy, no more than 13.5 percent of a charitable contribution may be allocated to administering gifts and communicating with contributors. Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

Our Tax Identification Number: 43-0658188

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