Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is one of the largest health care and human services networks in the country, representing 300 Lutheran nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. LSA works to connect and empower our member organizations, which serve six million people annually, touching the lives of one in every 50 people in the U.S. every year.
What We Do: Guided by God’s call to love and serve our neighbors, LSA 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. LSA 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., LSA 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, LSA members are on the front lines. Our network has 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.
LSA was founded in 1997. LSA 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 LSA 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.