Leadership and Structure

Many talented individuals come together to provide leadership and structure to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Office of the President

Among many other duties and responsibilities, the LCMS president is the chief ecclesiastical and ecumenical officer of the Synod, supervising what is taught and practiced within the church and advising and maintaining relationships with our partner church bodies.

Learn more about LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison and the Praesidium, read statements, watch videos and more. Download “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” resources to help understand and explain the new emphasis for the church.

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Board of Directors

The LCMS Board of Directors serves the church as the legal representative of the Synod and the custodian of the property of the Synod.

Read and download a variety of administrative documents, including the LCMS handbook, BOD policy manual, board minutes and more.

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Theology and Church Relations

The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations provides study documents, opinions and statements on theological matters, and it provides guidance and leadership in the areas of theology and church relations.

Read and download reports, opinions and study papers on a variety of topics as well as evaluations of religious organizations and movements.

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Mission and Vision

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The Lutheran Witness Magazine

Lutheran Witness February 2024

MDFL Resource Center

Making Disciples for Life - Resource Center

Million Dollar Life Match

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Church Work Recruitment Initiative

Set Apart to Serve

Caring for Ukraine

Ukraine Support

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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 13.5 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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