Lutheran Services in America Advocacy and Public Policy

At its most basic level, the goal of our advocacy is to effect change. The change that Lutheran Services in America hopes to make flows from the very simple and practical question, “How do we best love and serve our neighbors?” The answer to this question leads to the creation, improvement, or expansion of a service, program, or initiative; it might also point to the need to change public policy, or reveal an opportunity to seek broader social change. Advocacy in all these forms is one vital way that Lutheran Services in America and its members can and do live out their call to serve.

Legislative Priorities

Lutheran Services in America and our member network of over 300 health care and human services organizations work each day to help people reach their full potential. This includes helping seniors; children, youth and families; people with disabilities; the homeless; veterans, and others. We are strictly nonpartisan, and work to help ensure that people live with dignity, respect, and independence. To this end, our three core legislative priorities to which we will be devoting attention and resources during the 117th Congress can be found here. In an effort to spur action during the COVID-19 pandemic, we also offer an infographic outlining several key measures that are needed from Congress by health and human service organizations.

Key Issues

Lutheran Services in America member organizations serve a broad diversity of vulnerable people of all faiths and backgrounds across the lifespan. As a network, they provide services including health care; aging and disability support; housing and community development; children, youth and family services; immigration and refugee aid; and services in support of economic empowerment. To learn more about some of the key issues for our members, please click here.

Member Map & State Fact Sheets

We have developed an interactive national member map along with fact sheets for every state which can be used by our members to demonstrate the strength of our network. Download the fact sheets and use the interactive map to see every Lutheran Services in America member location or every member serving a specific population.

Advocacy Correspondence and Comments

Click here to read letters Lutheran Services in America has sent to government officials and Members of Congress highlighting support for or concerns about actions and legislation, as well as comments Lutheran Services in America has submitted on rules and regulations proposed by federal agencies and the impact they would have on our network members and they people that they serve.

Campaigns and Resources

  • Take Action with Us: Share your opinions with Congress through our action alerts.
  • Hot Topics in Federal Policy: Join our mailing list for our recurring discussion calls with the Lutheran Services in America public policy team and your fellow members about the current hot topics in federal policy and what that means for you.
  • Campaign Committee: Add your name to our email list of members who are especially interested in receiving information and updates on public policy issues and helping us engage with lawmakers.

Lutheran Services in America Disability Network

A network of LSA, Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) is a nationwide association of Lutheran social ministry organizations, faith-based disability service providers and Lutheran professionals supporting the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and related conditions (I/DD). LSA-DN includes 25 organizational members that provide support to more than 150,000 individuals in 34 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, generating over $1.25 billion in annual revenue. Learn more here.

Stay Connected

For the latest news from Lutheran Services in America’s public policy office, please check out our updates on Twitter.

For more information about Lutheran Services in America’s public policy and advocacy efforts, please contact Sarah Dobson, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, at or 202-499-5832.