Organization Facts

  • The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).
  • It has as its “mission heart” thousands of volunteers who are daily dedicating their lives to making a difference in this world.
  • “Lutheran Women in Mission” describes in spoken and written form who we are and what we do.
  • It is women who are finding avenues to use their God-given talents as they meet the challenges to share the Gospel message.
  • It is composed of individual women and women’s groups within congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, on campuses, in resident homes, or in other settings.
  • Individual membership is available to women in LCMS congregations with or without a society affiliated with the LWML. Women may have an interest in the mission and ministry of the LWML — and wish to be a part of the organization; but cannot for a variety of reasons belong to a local group.
  • The LWML seeks to develop and maintain a greater mission consciousness among women of the LCMS through education, inspiration, and service.
  • A major emphasis is the support of mission and ministry throughout the world by means of Mite Box offerings. These Mite Box offerings have funded tens of millions of dollars in mission grants since the organization’s inception in 1942.
  • What’s a biennium? It’s a two-year period; plural is biennia, adjective is biennial. LWML conventions mark the end of one biennium and the beginning of the next. Ex. The 2015–2017 biennium began at the 2015 Des Moines convention and will conclude at the 2017 Albuquerque convention.

Addional Facts

  • Mission: Education, Mission Inspiration, Mission Service, Financial grants for Mission Needs
  • Motto: “Serve the Lord with gladness.” Psalm 100:2
  • Official Publication: Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly
  • Seal: Designed by Mrs. Quin Dennis of Huron, South Dakota, the emblem was selected at the 1947 convention in Chicago, Illinois.