The Basics

Order LFL Membership Brochure - This full-color resource is a combination informational bulletin insert, membership form, and return envelope.

Our Mission ...

Equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life.

Our Vision ...

Every Lutheran, both individually and in community, 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 a Gospel-motivated witness, to the Church and society on these and other related issues such as chastity, post abortion healing, and family living. We will call God’s people to compassionate action and foster life-affirming alternatives for those facing difficult situations.

Five Core Values of Our Ministry Together

  1. God’s Word informs and God’s Spirit empowers our work and witness. (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Corinthians 5:14)

  2. Faithfulness to biblical truth and integrity of witness are more valuable than political expediency. (1 Corinthians 4:1-5)

  3. The mind of Christ determines our response to life issues; prayerfully with humility, compassion, and selflessness, speaking the truth in love. (2 Corinthians 1:4 God of all comfort); Philippians 2:1-8; 2 Timothy 2:24-26)

  4. Education remains our focus, trusting the Holy Spirit to change hearts and minds. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)

  5. We uphold the sanctity of human life because all people are created and redeemed by God who intends they bear His image for time and for eternity. (John 10:10)

Structure and Relationships

A Life Chapter is a group of committed Lutherans (both laypeople and pastors alike) from a specific region who look for opportunities to equip their churches to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life. This is done by organizing educational opportunities and outreach events to serve both their churches and the surrounding communities. A Life Chapter is chartered by National Lutherans For Life and, therefore, is formally associated with and subject to, but not a part of, the corporation known as Lutherans For Life, Inc. Life Chapters receive remittance funds quarterly based on donations that have been sent to the national office.

A Life Team is a group of committed Lutherans from an individual church who look for opportunities to equip their congregation to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life. This is done by organizing educational opportunities and outreach events to serve both their church and the surrounding community. The Life Team becomes part of the congregation’s structure, much like a mission team or evangelism committee. Lutherans For Life sells “Life Team Tool Kits” for $30 plus shipping and handling to help a congregation start such a team at their church.

Virginia Flo and Dr. Barb Geistfeld serve as the Lutherans For Life Regional Directors in the states of Minnesota and Texas, respectively. By talking to pastors and congregational leaders all over their states, they work to educate Lutherans on a wide variety of life topics. They also serve as the advocates for Life Teams and Life Chapters, helping Lutherans establish these groups and encouraging those groups already in existence.

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 Life Chapters. In a state where a State Federation exists, the Life Chapters also become affiliated with the State Federation. This occurs automatically at the same time a Life Chapter becomes chartered by Lutherans For Life, Inc. These relationships are basically the same whether or not the Life Chapter is incorporated. Thus, Lutherans For Life consists of a network of individual entities formally associated with each other.

Membership Information

  • All officers of State Federations and Life 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 Life Chapter if it is chartered.

  • Life 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 Life 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 Life Chapter name and number, if chartered, is written on the form in the space provided. This will assure that the State Federation and Life Chapter receive the proper remittance payment.
Membership Classifications
Annual Membership

  • Annual members join by making a membership donation accompanied by a completed copy of the membership form (or by joining online). 

Sponsor Membership

  • 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 Life Chapter to which the particular members may belong. The membership donations are divided as follows:

Annual Memberships:

  • 20% goes to the Life Chapter (If there is no local Life Chapter this 20% goes to the State Federation.)

  • 20% goes to the State Federation

  • 60% remains at national

Sponsor Memberships:

  • 1/12 goes to the local Life Chapter (If there is no local Life Chapter this 1/12 goes to the State Federation.)

  • 1/12 goes to the State Federation

  • 10/12 remains at national 

Tax-Exempt Status
National Lutherans For Life, in IRS language, is a “central organization.” When a Life Chapter is formed it becomes an “affiliated subordinate,” again using IRS terms, of National Lutherans For Life. This means the Life 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 Life Chapter. If a Life Chapter wants to claim federal tax-exempt status and allow contributions made directly to the Life Chapter to be deductible as a charitable gift, then the Life Chapter must apply for its own 501(c)(3) status. The Life 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  It is wise to wait until your Life 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
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 Life 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 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 equip "Lutheran to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life." 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.

Position Statements

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.


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