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:

43-0658188


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

After the November issue of The Lutheran Witness was published, several minor errors were discovered in the eight-page LCMS 2018 Annual Report insert. The online PDF of the Annual Report below has been corrected and is now the definitive version of the document.

 

Return to top

 

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:

Return to top

 

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

Return to top

 

Fundraising and Contributor Rights

  • Statement of Gift UtilizationStatement of Gift Utilization
  • The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

    A donation designated (restricted) for a specific position (missionaries), program or project when accepted, will be used only to fund expenses related to that position, program or project*. Consistent with Synod Board policy, no more than 12 percent of a charitable contribution may be applied to administering gifts and communicating with contributors. This limitation is reviewed and may be adjusted annually using performance data from the Synod’s audited financial statements over the previous three fiscal years.

    Occasionally, a planned (budgeted) position, program or project may receive more in contributions than can be wisely applied to that position, program or project in the foreseeable future. Alternately, a position, program or project itself may cease to be feasible or cannot be started for reasons outside the control of the LCMS after a donation has been received. In these situations, the LCMS will make reasonable attempts to contact contributors whose gifts may constitute an unplanned, unusable surplus to determine how they want their donations administered. 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.

    Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

    Questions? Please contact LCMS Mission Advancement.

    * This complies with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Statement No. 116. Under no circumstances will the LCMS expend a designated (restricted) gift for a purpose completely unrelated to the contributor’s intent.

Return to top

 

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

Return to top

 

Ministry and Organizational Information

Return to top

 

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.

Return to top

 

External Sources

Return to top

 

Join us on the journey

Lutherans Engage the World

Lutheran Engage the WorldEngaging the Church in the work of witness and mercy across the globe in our life together.

Read now

 

The Lutheran Witness

The Lutheran WitnessInterpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

Learn more

Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House

Contact Us
 

  Email us
 

  Church Info Center: 888-843-5267
  Staff Switchboard: 800-248-1930
  Donor Care Line: 888-930-4438
 

 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7226

 

Guide Star Logo BBB Logo


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 differently. 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, no more than 12 percent of a charitable contribution may be applied to administering gifts and communicating with contributors.  Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

Our Tax Identification Number is: 43-0658188

>>View Donor Transparency Resources


Employment  |  For the Media  |  Site Map  |  Privacy

 

© 2003 – 2010   The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. All Rights Reserved.