•  Country Summary
  • The movement of the Reformation in the 16th century brought to Lithuania the first printed book in the Lithuanian language, the Lutheran Catechism (1547), and later the first Lithuanian Bible (1590). By the World War II era, there were 80 Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lithuania (ELCL) congregations, and 72 pastors were serving about 120,000 members. During the changes of World War II, many congregation members emigrated, were exiled or were killed. The churches that remained without pastors were closed and used for other purposes or were destroyed. During Soviet occupation from 1940 to 1990, religious instruction was forbidden and church membership brought public penalties.

    With Lithuanian independence in 1990, the ELCL began to receive back church buildings, without congregations, and properties that in Soviet times were nationalized and used for various purposes. Churches and property were returned throughout the 1990s.

    The ELCL knew that they were in need of well-trained leadership in pastors and lay leaders, and worked with the University of Klaipeda to create the Department of Evangelical Theology — the only such department in Lithuanian universities. Today, nearly 100 students are being trained, and eight graduates have been ordained.

    The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod supports mission and church planting efforts in Lithuania by helping to provide training and aiding in the development of Sunday school materials. One career missionary family currently serves the Baltic region, which includes Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. They walk alongside the Lutheran churches in these countries as they continue determining how to best use their resources and pursue further training of pastors and laypeople.

    The LCMS' support began in 2005 with grants that helped fund website development for the Lutheran Church in Lithuania, construction of the Lutheran Center and orphanage support. In addition, the church received financial and other support from the LCMS Iowa East District to build a church and diaconal center in Palanga.

    In 2000, the ELCL declared itself in full fellowship with the LCMS. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lithuania became a sister/partner church of the LCMS by vote during the LCMS convention in 2001. The church body includes 21,000 active members, 52 congregations and 15 pastors.


  •  Missionaries
  • Currently, no LCMS missionaries reside in this country. To search for missionaries serving in this region in other countries, please visit missionary search database. To learn more about the LCMS global mission team, visit


  •  Contact Information
  • National Church:
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lithuania (ELCL)

    Vokieciu st. 20
    LT-01130 Vilnius


International News Stories

International News – Reporter
Three-year Bible reading guide updated
The guide is a collaborative project of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Lutheran Church—Canada and the North American Lutheran Church.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 3:34:44 PM

Spring/Summer ‘Engage’: ‘Whenever and wherever’
The combined Spring/Summer 2021 issue of 'Lutherans Engage the World' shows Lutherans continuing to love and serve their neighbors in new and nimble ways.
Thursday, June 10, 2021 2:28:14 PM

From the mission field: Project 24 finds blessing during pandemic
Project 24, which provides boarding for Kenyan children while they attend school, had to close its sites and send the children home in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 1:54:07 PM

This feed has 3 articles on 1 page

'Lutherans Engage the World' Stories

International Work – Engage
Whenever and Wherever
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 4:22:33 PM

Q&A with Missionary Johanna Stinnett
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 2:09:40 PM

Oriented Toward Christ
Friday, October 9, 2020 11:40:55 AM

This feed has 3 articles on 1 page


Global Mission Fund

Strengthen our capacity for Gospel proclamation and human care activities here in the U.S. and to the four corners of the world.  Learn More


Are you looking to direct your gifts for work that’s more specific?
Visit the mission project catalog to find those opportunities most meaningful to you!

Don’t see what you’re looking for?
Contact LCMS Mission Advancement at 888-930-4438 or to talk about all the options available.

Our work in the world

PDF Map 8.5x11 | PDF Map 11x17


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.

Learn more


The Lutheran Witness

The Lutheran WitnessInterpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

Learn more

Featured Resources

Making Disciples for Life Resource Center

Lutheran Books and Gifts

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 13.5 percent of a charitable contribution may 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.

Our Tax Identification Number: 43-0658188

View Donor Transparency Resources »

Employment   |   For the Media   |   Site Map   |   Privacy   |   Social Media Guidelines


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