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Group Purchasing Agreement   •   The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Group Purchasing Agreement is a stewardship program offered to Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod churches, schools and affiliated organizations. When contacting a GPA partner, mention your LCMS affiliation to receive information about special pricing and benefits.

AAIM Employers’ Association

AAIMCheck offers high quality, comprehensive and fully compliant employment and volunteer background screening services to help churches, schools and faith-based organizations reduce hiring risk.

  • More about AAIM Employers’ Association
  • We are not just a vendor. We are your partner. LCMS affiliates are eligible for significantly reduced background screening services and on-going risk mitigation services through the Group Purchasing Agreement.


Contact: Julie Kappen, account executive


Phone: 314-754-0201

Fax: 314-775-0000


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Office Depot / Office Max: Business Services

LCMS congregations and schools may receive discounted products and services from the Office Depot/Max Business Services Division. Designated schools can also receive 5 percent in credits when anyone purchases qualifying school supplies. Free next-day delivery is provided in many areas.

  • More about Office Depot/Max Business Services
  • Register online, by mail or by fax for an Office Depot/Max account:


    A purchasing card and a password will be issued to account holders, and discounts are available for online and in-store purchases.

    Prices on the Office Depot/Max website don't reflect the LCMS discount. Visit and log in to view LCMS pricing.


Contact: Chris McKee, Business Account Manager, Public ISO


Phone: 512-856-9255


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Office Depot / Office Max: Commercial Furniture

Office Depot / Office Max Commercial Furniture offers free design and product consultations to LCMS Group Purchasing Agreement members. Office Depot / Max can help upgrade or remodel churches, classrooms, offices and facilities.

  • More about Office Max / Office Depot Commercial Furniture
  • Office Max / Office Depot offers:

    • Free design and workplace consultation — The consultation includes a needs analysis and workplace inventory, a 3-D layout within the space selected, list of materials needed to furnish the area, and fabrics, finishes and color selections.
    • Value-based furniture solutions — Products from more than 200 quality vendors are typically 15 to 20 percent below prices of the traditional major furniture manufacturer.
    • Furniture programs — Office systems, desks, seating and filing systems; church furnishings and pews; higher education and K-12 school furniture; ergonomic products; rental furniture; move management; and delivery and installation.


Contact: Gary Phillips, Major Accounts Manager


Phone: 816-506-1275


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Protect My Ministry

Protect My Ministry is an employment and volunteer background screening company established to assist churches, schools and other faith-based organizations in implementing and maintaining a thorough background screening process.

  • More about Protect My Ministry
  • After reviewing several background screening companies, the LCMS selected Protect My Ministry as a recommended provider for background screening services.

    Protect My Ministry can help:

    • Select the right people for ministry
    • Prevent new or further child abuse
    • Avoid potential legal risks
    • Minimize your financial liability


Contact: Ryan Carter, Director of Sales


Phone: 800-319-5581, Ext. 228

Fax: 800-319-5582



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The Group Purchasing Agreement is a stewardship program offered to all Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod churches, schools and affiliated organizations. Prices, offerings and vendors are subject to change. Neither the LCMS nor the GPA is responsible for problems that may result from the purchase, lease or use of program vendors.

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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.

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