The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod carries out its ministry with the invaluable help of a number of partners and other 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.
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.
Synodwide Corporate Entities
Concordia Historical Institute
Concordia Historical Institute is the Department of Archives and History of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
Witnessing to God’s love for all people, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services stands with and advocates for migrants and refugees, transforming communities through ministries of service and justice.
Lutheran World Relief
Lutheran World Relief focuses on attacking the root causes of poverty in rural and remote regions of the world’s poorest countries and breaking the cycles that keep people from being healthy, productive and self-supporting.
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.
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.
Partner Church Bodies
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is in altar and pulpit fellowship with 37 church bodies worldwide.