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 Hour Ministries (LHM)

As the official men’s auxiliary of the LCMS, the International 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 (LWML)

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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Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL)

Concordia Seminary serves the church and world by providing theological education and leadership centered in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ for the formation of pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. CSL also serves as a center for theological research, scholarship and continuing education of the clergy.

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Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW)

Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., is an institution of theological higher education of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod whose central purpose is to prepare men for the pastoral ministry, as well as men and women for other service in the church, through programs offering an understanding of the Christian faith that is Christ-centered, biblically based, confessionally Lutheran, and evangelically active.

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Synodwide Corporate Entities

Concordia Historical Institute (CHI)

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

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Concordia Publishing House (CPH)

Concordia Publishing House, which is the official publisher of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, offers more than 8,000 products for use in Christian congregations, schools and homes.

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Concordia University System (CUS)

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. CUS coordinates the activities of the Synod’s colleges and universities.

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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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Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF)

Lutheran Church Extension Fund facilitates faith and 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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Lutheran Federal Credit Union (LutheranFCU)

Sponsored by Lutheran Church Extension Fund

Lutheran Federal Credit Union serves employees, members and volunteers of the LCMS and its districts and member congregations.

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Synodwide Trust Entities

Concordia Plan Services (CPS)

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

International Lutheran Council (ILC)

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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Lutheran Services in America (LSA)

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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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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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 toward another aspect of ministry that aligns closely the contributor’s goals and values. 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 and in recognition of a more challenging economic and philanthropic/fundraising environment due to inflationary pressure, not more than 12.5 percent of any charitable contribution will 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.

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