The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Immanuel is a member of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., founded on the teachings of the Bible, recovered in the Reformation age teaching of Martin Luther. LCMS was established in 1847 by Saxon and other German immigrants seeking the freedom to practice their faith without interference by the German government. Initial members included 12 pastors representing 14 congregations from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.
 
Today, the LCMS has more than 2.3 million baptized members in more than 6,100 congregations and more than 9,000 pastors.

Operating 2 seminaries, 10 colleges and universities, and many elementary and secondary schools, the LCMS operates 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 LCMS has awards millions of Relief dollars through more than 900 domestic and international grants for emergency response and disaster relief. Today, the LCMS is in fellowship with 33 other Lutheran church bodies worldwide.
 
The LCMS is known for mass-media outreach through “The Lutheran Hour” broadcast around the world by Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM); syndicated and streaming programming on KFUO Radio, “This Is The Life” dramas on television; and the products of Concordia Publishing House, the third-largest Protestant, church-owned publisher, whose Arch Books children’s series alone has sold more than 60 million copies.
 
The LCMS works with 300 Recognized Service Organizations (RSOs) to extend its social ministry. The LCMS is also a founding partner of Lutheran Services in America, a social service organization that serves one in every 50 Americans.