Our Mission . . .
Equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life.
Our Vision . . .
Every Lutheran congregation upholding the God-given value of human life and influencing society to do the same.
Our Philosophy . . .
Lutherans For Life believes that the Church is compelled by God’s Word to speak and act on behalf of those who are vulnerable and defenseless. The crisis of our times is the repudiation of Biblical truth manifested in the wanton destruction of innocent human life through legalized abortion-on-demand and the growing threat to the lives of others through legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia. Therefore, as Lutherans For Life, we will strive to give witness, from a Biblical perspective, to the Church and society on these and other related issues such as chastity, post abortion healing, and family living.
Five Core Values of Our Ministry Together
God’s Word informs and God’s Spirit empowers our work and witness. (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Corinthians 5:14)
Faithfulness to biblical truth and integrity of witness are more valuable than political expediency. (1 Corinthians 4:1-5)
The mind of Christ determines our response to life issues; prayerfully with humility, compassion, and selflessness, speaking the truth in love. (Philippians 2:1-8; 2 Timothy 2:24-26)
Education remains our focus, trusting the Holy Spirit to change hearts and minds. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
We uphold the sanctity of human life because all people are created by God who intends they bear His image for time and for eternity. (John 10:10)
Structure and Relationships
A local chapter is a local organization that has been chartered by National Lutherans For Life. The chapter is formally associated with and subject to, but not a part of, the corporation known as Lutherans For Life, Inc.
A state federation is an organization that has been chartered by Lutherans For Life, Inc. in a state where there are at least five chartered chapters. In a state where a state federation exists, the chapters also become affiliated with the state federation. This occurs automatically at the same time a chapter becomes chartered by Lutherans For Life, Inc. These relationships are basically the same whether or not the chapter is incorporated. Thus, Lutherans For Life consists of a network of individual entities formally associated with each other.
All officers of State Federations and Chapters and Life Ministry Coordinators must be members in good standing of Lutheran congregations and members of National Lutherans For Life.
Membership contributions are divided among the national organization, state federation, and local chapter if it is chartered.
Chapters that wish to include a membership form in newsletters or correspondence are asked to maintain the form and information provided by the national office.
The local chapter may not establish its own membership program since LFL has a “unified membership” program.
When sending a membership form to the national office, make sure the chapter name and number, if chartered, is written on the form in the space provided. This will assure that the state federation and local chapter receive the proper remittance payment.
Annual members join by making a membership donation accompanied by a completed copy of the membership form (or by joining online).
Annual memberships run from July 1 through June 30. New memberships will expire on June 30 of the year following the initial membership donation.
An annual membership drive will begin in May of each year. Current members will receive renewal information at that time. The membership drive will also encourage new memberships, although they will be accepted at any time of the year.
Sponsor members pledge to contribute a certain amount each month and to pray regularly for Lutherans For Life.
Sponsor members receive a monthly letter from the executive director.
Sponsor members are asked to renew their monthly pledge each year as part of the annual membership drive.
The Remittance Program of LFL
All membership donations are shared with the chartered state federation and/or local chapter to which the particular members may belong. The membership donations are divided as follows:
20% goes to the local chapter (If there is no local chapter this 20% goes to the state federation.)
20% goes to the state federation
60% remains at national
1/12 goes to the local chapter (If there is no local chapter this 1/12 goes to the state federation.)
1/12 goes to the state federation
10/12 remains at national
National Lutherans For Life, in IRS language, is a “central organization.” When a chapter is formed it becomes an “affiliated subordinate,” again using IRS terms, of National Lutherans For Life. This means the chapter may use the name Lutherans For Life and do things in the name of Lutherans For Life.
However, it does not mean that National’s non-profit, federal tax-exempt status applies to the chapter. If a chapter wants to claim federal tax-exempt status and allow contributions made directly to the chapter to be deductible as a charitable gift, then the chapter must apply for its own 501(c)(3) status. The chapter may not need to be incorporated to do this. Consult a local CPA or attorney for more information. A helpful pamphlet in becoming a 501(c)(3) is IRS publication 557, “Tax Exempt Status for Your Organization.” This may be obtained from the IRS by calling 800-829-3676 or on-line at www.irs.gov. It is wise to wait until your chapter matures before making a decision about tax-exempt status.
Federal ID Number
When opening a checking account or doing other business in the name of Lutherans For Life, one may be asked for a Federal ID Number. An organization may not need to be incorporated, nor does it need 501(c)(3) status to obtain this number. Consult a local CPA or attorney for more information. It can even be done over the phone! However, another beloved IRS form must be filled out—but it is not complicated! The form is SS-4 and may be obtained by calling 800-829-3676 or on-line at www.irs.gov.
Lutherans For Life and Political Involvement
Lutherans For Life, as any 501(c)(3), is “absolutely prohibited from political campaigning.” This would include endorsing candidates. While it is true that many LFL chapters are not
501(c)(3) themselves, because of the affiliation with National, ascending liability is always possible.
501(c)(3)’s are allowed to lobby—advocate the adoption or rejection of legislation, contact members of a legislative body, or urge the public to contact members of a legislative body with respect to legislation—but there is a limit. “No substantial part of the activities of a qualifying organization may consist of attempting to influence legislation.” A Lutherans For Life chapter may, for example, write a letter lobbying for defeat of a state assisted-suicide law. They may discuss the positions of candidates on public issues. However, the majority of their activities need to be focused on educational and service activities. More details about the “do’s” and “don’ts” of 501(c)(3) organizations may be obtained from the national office.
It is important for Christian citizens to be involved in the political process of a democracy. It is our responsibility to inform ourselves about a candidate's position on life and family issues and to elect godly, moral leaders. But the mission of Lutherans For Life is to witness to the sanctity of human life through education based on the Word of God. Our call is to use the Word of God to educate, through the power of the Holy Spirit, change hearts, and inspire ourselves and others into service. That service may be in a pregnancy care center, in hospice care, teaching children...or in a government-related position.
Lutherans For Life Position Statements are available by clicking here.
LifeDate - LFL’s quarterly journal offers news and commentary from a Biblical Law/Gospel perspective on life issues such as abortion, chastity, euthanasia, end-of-life issues, etc. FREE on request.
Directions – LFL’s quarterly newsletter with encouragement, ideas and news for State Federations, Chapters, and Life Ministry Coordinators.
Life News - a monthly bulletin insert with life issue news and an encouraging devotional.Life News is a great way to keep your church informed on life issues all year long! $5.00 per 100 copies, per month.
Life Notes weekly e-newsletter. Sign up at the top of this web page.