Membership in LWMS
Our current membership stands over 800 congregations across the United States and Canada.
Membership is by congregation
with payment of the annual $75
membership dues to LWMS. Membership is open to all WELS congregations and also congregations who are in fellowship with WELS.
In addition, individual women who are members of non-member churches may have an individual membership
by paying the $40
individual membership dues annually.
LWMS is divided into three levels: local, circuit, and international.
LOCAL Member congregations and individual members constitute the local level. Each congregation is asked to select a "reporter." The reporter is the link between the local congregation and the circuit.
CIRCUIT Congregations in a close geographical area may form a circuit. Circuit membership is encouraged. Circuit officers are selected and mission projects are chosen at spring or fall rallies. Free-will offerings are taken at the rallies to cover operating expenses of the circuits.
INTERNATIONAL LWMS is administered by a nine-member board of directors elected by mail-in ballot. Each member congregation may cast a ballot.
Membership dues are vital to the LWMS organization as they are the basis of our operating budget. The support of our congregational members who pay their annual dues make it possible to ensure that 100% of the mission money collected by our members goes to support our mission projects.