Your Support Is Key!
LWMS needs financial support in two categories. One category is the mission money and the other is operational money.
Missions receive 100 percent of the mission money given by individuals, congregations, and circuits! For a better understanding of how our missions are selected, please see the missions projects seletion page
. Indviduals, groups, and congregations can also donate to missions through the LWMS Legacy Fund and the Mission and Ministry Endowment Fund.
Most of our operational budget comes from the annual dues of member congregations. However, contributions to the Working Fund and Special Gifts and Memorials Fund help with the operational budget of LWMS. Our Wish List contains items that may not be funded under our operational budget.
Mission Projects Offerings
Congregational and Individual members are encouraged to give generously to the mission projects selected for the ballot each year through the circuit rallies. Members contribute through their circuits to fund not only the projects for the ballot, but also the projects selected at the circuit level. Please see your individual circuit for more information on specific deadlines. Anyone interested in contributing to the mission projects but not part of a circuit should send a check marked "Mission Offerings" to the LWMS Central Office, 11200 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI 53214 to arrive no later than May 25th each year. All mission money, sent individually or through a circuit, is presented at the annual convention.
This fund was established by the LWMS Board in 2015 from a portion of the Mission and Ministry Endowment fund to be a restricted fund held by the WELS Foundation to ensure the long term support of mission fields. Additional contributions are welcome. Each July a foundation determined percent (currently 4%) of the total value of the fund is distributed to a project from the LWMS Home and World Missions Projects
booklet. To donate to this fund, send a check marked for “Legacy Fund” to the Central Office, 11200 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI 53214.
Mission and Ministry Endowment Fund
The Mission and Ministry Endowment Fund was established many years ago from a large gift bequeathed to LWMS from a member through her estate. This fund is administered in much the same way as the LWMS Legacy Fund, but it is not restricted. Each July a percentage of the total fund (currently 4 percent) is distributed to a mission project selected by the board of directors. Additional contributions are welcome. Donations can be made to this fund. Send a check marked for “Mission and Ministry” to the Central Office, 11200 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI 53214.
Operational money or the working fund is used to keep LWMS functioning. It comes from the yearly dues, calendar sales, and donations. The working fund pays for office rent, salaries, insurance, mailings, board meetings, etc. At times expenses will exceed the amount of money taken in and the board will make special requests for donations to help cover expenses. The board of directors has also developed an underwriting list that individuals, congregations, or circuits can select to underwrite through donations to help LWMS. Send a check marked for “Working Fund” to the Central Office, 11200 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI 53214.
Special Gifts and Memorials Fund
Additionally, we have the Special Gifts and Memorials Fund. Money from this fund is used to purchase computers, copiers, and other office equipment for the Central Office and to keep the equipment of the organization in good repair. The operation of this equipment is imperative for communication to and with the LWMS membership. Money from this fund is not used to support world or home mission projects. Send a check marked for "Special Gifts and Memorials" to the Central Office, 11200 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI 53214.