Accountability and Transparency

For contributors to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod provides this page with documents and resources intended to serve the needs of contributors and the public for transparency.

IRS Verification of 501(c)(3) Status Letter and Group Exemption

There is one letter for corporate Synod and a second letter, a blanket exemption verification, for qualifying groups.

Download letters (PDF)

IRS Tax Identification/Employer Identification Number:


Are you looking for our Federal Form 990 or Form 990N?

Section 6033 of the Internal Revenue Code excuses certain organizations from filing Form 990, the information return generally required to be filed by tax-exempt organizations. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Inc. is exempt from filing Form 990/990N under this section of the code, and therefore does not file an annual Form 990 with the IRS. The information typically found on a Form 990 can be accessed publicly through resources on this page or by contacting LCMS Mission Advancement.


Annual report for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Annual Report:

  • Inaugural (pending)

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Financial Information — Fiscal Year July 1 through June 30

Audited financial statements for most recent fiscal year:

Prior years’ audited financial statements:

Summary of operational budget for current fiscal year:

Prior years’ budget summary documents:

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Officers, boards, commissions and councils

Elected officers

Other officers

  • Chief Mission Officer (appointed by president) — Rev. Kevin D. Robson
  • Chief Financial Officer (appointed by board of directors) — Jerald C. Wulf
  • Chief Administrative Officer (appointed by board of directors) — Frank Simek

LCMS Board of Directors

Board for International Mission

Board for National Mission

Commissions and Councils

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Fundraising and Contributor Rights

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Special Appeals Reports

LCMS Disaster Response

LCMS Joint Seminary Fund

National Offering

Campaigns and Special Initiatives

  • The Wittenberg Project — Final report (pending)
  • Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) — Final report (pending)
  • Fan Into Flame Campaign — Final Report   |   2013 Convention Report

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Ministry and Organizational Information

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Visiting the LCMS International Center

  • Contributor briefings and tours
  • Group and school tours
  • Mission meetings (focused discussion with specific departments or employees)

Contact the LCMC Church Information Center for tour information and scheduling.

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External Sources

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