Lutheran Services in America: A Thriving Network

Lutheran Services in America leads one of the largest health and human services networks in the U.S. with over $22 billion in annual revenue, made up of over 300 Lutheran social ministry organizations that touch the lives of 1 in 50 Americans each year. Guided by God’s call to love and serve our neighbors, we empower our faith-based member organizations in their mission to lift up the nation’s most vulnerable people by serving seniors, children, youth and families, people with disabilities, veterans, immigrants and refugees and the homeless. Our members work in 1,400 communities throughout the country—in rural and urban areas—as shown on the map.

Network Highlights

  • Aggregate annual revenues of close to $22 billion 
  • Serve 6 million people – 1 in 50 – in the U.S. each year 
  • Employ close to 250,000 
  • Engage approximately 150,000 volunteers
  • Named to The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “America’s Favorite Charities 2018” list

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What We Do

Guided by God’s call to love and serve our neighbors, Lutheran Services in America serves its members through leadership development, innovative problem solving, collaboration and sharing of best practices, expanding faith-based connections, partnership, and funding opportunities and proactive advocacy. Lutheran Services in America envisions a network of connected, strong and thriving Lutheran Social Ministries that transform the lives of people and communities. We are committed to the power of faith, fellowship, and collaboration, and honor all with dignity and respect, recognizing the diversity of people, communities and ideas. 

From our headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Lutheran Services in America is focused on: 

Bringing people, resources, and expertise together to help our members innovate, transform and thrive and leveraging our national network to provide funding, service and partnership opportunities for our member organizations.

Acting as a recognized and visible network and voice for Lutheran Social Ministry to create opportunities and advocating on behalf of our network.

Fostering, strengthening and expanding faith-based connections to remain a strong trusted community of faith.

We Serve All

Together, we answer the call by providing a wide variety of care and services to people in need regardless of age, race, culture or religious affiliation. All across America, in rural and urban areas, Lutheran Services in America members are on the front lines. Our network has a vast reach and tremendous diversity: we impact vulnerable and low-income people in every state: children, youth and families; seniors; people living with disabilities; the homeless; veterans; refugees; and others. Our members provide a full continuum of care with an impressive array of services that span the spectrum from prenatal care to senior care, and every age and stage in between, in their missions to strengthen individuals, families, and communities by transforming lives and communities and providing a path to a brighter future. 

Our History

For more than 150 years, Lutheran social ministry organizations have been trailblazers in the establishment and delivery of health care and social services in the United States, and communities across the country rely on our members to be a steady and supportive presence, working to overcome challenges and help people live more abundant lives. 

Lutheran Services in America was founded in 1997. Lutheran Services in America is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), and our network members are recognized by The LCMS, affiliated with the ELCA, or both. The ELCA and The LCMS are key members and supporters of the Lutheran Services in America community. We value our heritage and partnership with both churches and continually explore opportunities to collaborate even further in our mission. For more information about our affiliations, members, and becoming a member or associate member, visit the Meet Our Members Page