About The Lutheran Church Missouri SynodLCMS Cross


The LCMS is a Bible-based, mission-oriented, confessional Christian denomination. Our Church is founded upon the teachings of Martin Luther and is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. We strive to make the Love of Christ known through our mission work, outreach and education programs, and helping people within the community on a daily basis.


Witness. Mercy. Life Together.


Our Mission:

"In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world."


 Missouri Synod 2Today, the LCMS has more than 1.96 million baptized members in some 6,046 congregations and more than 9,000 pastors.  Two seminaries and 10 colleges and universities operate under the auspices of the LCMS, and its congregations operate the largest Protestant parochial school system in America. The church broadcasts the saving message of Jesus Christ over KFUO Radio, and it has relationships and active mission work in nearly 90 countries around the world. 



The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod - Rosters & Statistics (2018)


LCMS Membership                  Our Worship Attendendance

   Total Confirmed: 1,545,124              Total Weekly Average: 709,866

   Total Baptized: 1,968,641                 Average Per Congregation: 133.2

                                                            Sunday School Attendance: 288,560

LCMS Congregations

   Established Congregations: 5,936

   New Church Starts: 110

LCMS Church Workers

Ordained                      Total           Active        Candidate       Emeritus

Minister                        9,436            5,825              416                3,195

Minister - Specific           244               230                  5                       9

Total Ordained            9,680            6,055              421                3,204

Commissioned            Total           Active        Candidate       Emeritus  

Teacher                       10,346           5,701            1,459               3,186

Dir. Christen Ed.               837             588                217                   32

Teacher/DCE                    242             123                 41                    78

Deaconess                       302             178                 64                    60

Lay Minister                     149                82                 22                    45

Other                                197             143                 40                    14

Total Commissioned  12,073         6,815             1,843               3,415




 Bible Reading

The teaching of Martin Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases:


"Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone." 


Please visit the Main LCMS Website for more details on our Mission, our Practices, our Faith, and how to Study and Serve.



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