State of the Synod - 2020

State of the Synod – 2020

Mission and ministry report from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The church finds certainty in Christ, no matter what. Read the State of the Synod for 2020 to see how the LCMS has been blessed and challenged in this uncertain time.

Also available is the 2020 Annual Report, which contains important audited financial information from the FY 2019–2020 as well as general information about Synod work.


Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
LCMS President


  • Rev. Kevin D. Robson
    LCMS Chief Mission Officer
  • Rev. Daniel F. McMiller
    Executive Director, Office of International Mission
  • Rev. Robert Zagore
    Executive Director, Office of National Mission
  • Rev. Dr. James A. Baneck
    Executive Director, Office of Pastoral Education
  • Frank Simek
    LCMS Chief Administrative Officer/
    Interim LCMS Chief Financial Officer
  • Ross A. Stroh
    Executive Director, LCMS Accounting
  • Mark D. Hofman
    Executive Director, LCMS Mission Advancement

Annual Report for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The 2020 Annual Report is now available, containing important audited financial information from the FY 2019–2020, as well as general information about Synod work. Printed copies of the Annual Report can be obtained by contacting Mission Advancement.


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