Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty

Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Nearly two centuries ago, those who would eventually form The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod came to the United States seeking the religious freedom guaranteed in our nation’s Constitution.

Today, the religious freedom they sought is eroding amid continuous assault. That’s why the LCMS is establishing the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., the very epicenter of where a compelling Christian witness will be needed most in years to come.

Synod announces Rev. Dr. Seltz is first LCRL leader

Rev. Dr. Gregory P. Seltz

“The Lutheran Hour” Speaker Rev. Dr. Gregory P. Seltz officially accepts the call to be the first executive director of the Synod's new Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C.

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  • Engage federal and state officials and other partners through advocacy and networking.

  • Educate future generations about serving God through vocations in government, law, and public policy.

  • Connect with Lutherans involved in government affairs. Where the government, the culture and faith conflict, Lutherans can and must speak up and out in support of religious liberty.


  • Monitor and report on impending legislation, government infringement and matters of concern to LCMS members.

  • Create an LCMS presence in the U.S. capital, build coalitions with like-minded Lutherans and partners, and accomplish more together than alone.

  • Provide a venue to facilitate the engagement of Lutheran youth in the public square and encourage vocations in government service.

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The mission of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty is to ignite and fuel a uniquely Lutheran response to increasing intrusions, limitations and challenges by the government in the life of the Church, while educating, encouraging and equipping LCMS members and organizations to take informed action in support of marriage, life and religious freedom.


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  • The corporation intends to carry out its work as a separately incorporated, 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit corporation and will limit lobbying activity within permissible IRS guidelines.

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