Lutheran Hour Ministries

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Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) is an outreach service of the International Lutheran Laymen's League, a membership organization of around 75,000 supporters. As an auxiliary of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and Lutheran Church-Canada, LHM is proud to extend the mission and ministry of these two church bodies as a trusted resource in global media that equips and engages a vibrant volunteer base to passionately proclaim the Gospel to more than 136 million people worldwide each week. Through its North American headquarters and ministry centers on six continents, LHM reaches into more than 50 countries, often bringing Christ to places where no other Christian evangelistic organizations are present. LHM's flagship broadcast, The Lutheran Hour®, airs weekly on more than 1,800 radio stations throughout North America as well as the American Forces Network.

Support for the work of LHM is provided by individuals and partner congregations; no denominational support is received. LHM's membership supports an annual budget of more than $30 million. The organization is a nonprofit and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Lutheran Hour Ministries
660 Mason Ridge Center
St Louis, MO 63141-8557


Phone: (800) 876-9880


Organization details

EIN: 430653365

CEO/President: Mr. Kurt Buchholz

Chairman: Dr. Kurt Senske

Board size: 15


Ruling year: 1917

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


It is God's mission to rescue people who have become separated from Him, restore relationships with them and renew them for holy living and service to others. His message is simple: rescue, restoration and renewal are found only in Jesus.

In a world now characterized by dizzying change, God has called the Church to join Him in His mission and challenged it to make His message of hope known in today's post-Christian culture.

At Lutheran Hour Ministries, we want to be your partner in calling back the lost and hurting-back to the Church; back to forgiveness and grace; back to God and His Word.

We have made it our mission to encourage and support you as you respond to God's call to action.

Mission statement

Lutheran Hour Ministries expresses its mission and vision as follows:

Our Mission Statement: Bringing Christ to the Nations-and the Nations to the Church

Christ to the Nations: LHM develops culturally relevant programs and projects that proclaim the Gospel to the unchurched, encouraging those people who are reached through these ministry efforts to respond by contacting staff or volunteers.

Nations to the Church: LHM then cultivates relationships with those who respond to ultimately facilitate a relationship between them and a congregation, thus helping grow the kingdom of God.

Our Vision:

  • Every person has the opportunity to hear the Gospel in an understandable way;
  • New believers are connected to a faithful Christian community where they can grow in their faith and witness; and
  • All Christians reach out in love to those who don't yet know the Savior.

Statement of faith

What Lutherans Believe ...Briefly

  • The Bible is the written Word of God and is without error. It tells us everything we need to know about God's love and His gifts to us.
  • There is only one God, the Triune God, who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We all fall short of God's expectations because we are born sinful. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
  • We need a Savior to save us from eternal damnation. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, resisted temptation, fulfilled God's Laws, and suffered and died for our sins. Through His resurrection, He won hope and heaven for all who believe.
  • It is through faith, not works, that we are saved. There is nothing we can do by our own power to be saved. We can only be saved if we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior. We simply receive what is already being offered out of God's great love and mercy. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • God has provided tangible ways through which He delivers His grace to those who believe. God's Word, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper (Communion) are the "means of grace." Through these means, God reveals Himself to us in a personal way and shows Himself through a personal relationship with every believer. - Good works cannot save us from eternal damnation. Good works are done out of praise and obedience to the Lord. Because we believe in Jesus and God's great gift of eternal life, we do good works to show our appreciation to God.

To read the full doctrinal position of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, please visit

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating976 of 101050 of 52
Fund acquisition rating966 of 101249 of 52
Resource allocation rating834 of 101240 of 52
Asset utilization rating807 of 101043 of 52

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,638,899$5,035,078$4,322,241$4,881,426$3,931,614
Short-term investments$26,762,456$27,416,563$25,907,960$23,507,384$26,947,031
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$33,464,488$34,914,314$30,892,847$29,396,197$31,735,832
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$14,997,989$14,971,969$15,437,027$15,769,452$15,936,644
Other long-term assets$10,177,038$11,349,496$12,570,840$11,649,732$11,941,508
Total long-term assets$25,175,027$26,321,465$28,007,867$27,419,184$27,878,152
Total assets$58,639,515$61,235,779$58,900,714$56,815,381$59,613,984
Payables and accrued expenses$901,975$764,942$1,996,154$660,041$1,020,962
Other current liabilities$887,257$686,398$917,117$760,034$1,144,825
Total current liabilities$1,789,232$1,451,340$2,913,271$1,420,075$2,165,787
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,947,285$3,079,610$9,479,652$2,879,450$2,881,750
Total long-term liabilities$10,947,285$11,079,610$9,479,652$9,679,450$9,681,750
Total liabilities$12,736,517$12,530,950$12,392,923$11,099,525$11,847,537
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$19,083,394$21,835,633$19,111,337$21,222,416$22,080,582
With donor restrictions$26,819,604$26,869,196$27,396,454$24,493,440$25,685,865
Net assets$45,902,998$48,704,829$46,507,791$45,715,856$47,766,447
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$30,966,762$33,003,305$29,564,055$29,575,508$31,893,548
Program service revenue$181,919$259,342$295,718$343,039$279,663
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($358,661)$1,971,767$2,714,113($475,461)$1,018,469
Other revenue$158,401$273,907$2,389,418$43,396$277,373
Total other revenue($18,341)$2,505,016$5,399,249($89,026)$1,575,505
Total revenue$30,948,421$35,508,321$34,963,304$29,486,482$33,469,053
Program services$24,817,273$24,020,492$25,023,972$24,138,017$23,580,028
Management and general$3,136,614$2,222,050$2,195,979$2,166,695$2,105,688
Total expenses$33,750,252$31,465,217$32,805,173$31,537,073$30,732,525
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($2,801,831)$4,043,104$2,158,131($2,050,591)$2,736,528
Other changes in net assets$0($1,846,066)($1,366,196)$0$0
Total change in net assets($2,801,831)$2,197,038$791,935($2,050,591)$2,736,528


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/29/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Lutheran Hour Ministries began at the grassroots level as the Lutheran Laymen's League, a group of 12 laypeople who came together to support the church in word and deed. What began with 12 has become a movement of tens of thousands of volunteers and supporters around the globe. In 1930, "There is a God" were the first words spoken on The Lutheran Hour® radio program broadcast over the airwaves to thousands of listeners. Today the Gospel message reaches over 125 million people on a weekly basis through ministry efforts such as Bible Correspondence Courses, Outreach Training, Bible Studies, Daily Devotions and, of course, The Lutheran Hour.

Our first Ministry Center opened its doors in the Philippines in 1940; today we are able to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to over 50 countries through our ministry centers on 6 continents. With our unique missionary model of employing only indigenous staff, Lutheran Hour Ministries is able to work within the language and culture to communicate the Gospel in the context of the local region. For over 100 years, God has used Lutheran Hour Ministries to bring the changeless Christ to a changing world. The communication methods have shifted, but the message has remained the same.

1917 - The Lutheran Laymen's League (LLL) is founded by 12 laypeople committed to helping support The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in word and deed.

1930 - The first broadcast of The Lutheran Hour airs from Cleveland, Ohio, with Dr. Walter A. Maier as Speaker.

1940 - The Lutheran Laymen's League opens its first international ministry center in the Philippines.

1941 - The Lutheran Hour begins to broadcast in Spanish with Dr. Andrew Melendez as Speaker of this broadcast.

1945 - The Lutheran Hour is the largest regularly scheduled broadcast in the world.

1952 - The television debut of the award-winning This is the Life.

1971 - The LLL airs its first animated seasonal television special.

1992 - The International Lutheran Laymen's League begins using the name Lutheran Hour Ministries to describe its global outreach efforts.

2015 - LHM embarks on a five-year global SENT Initiative to proclaim the Gospel to the billions of people who are waiting to hear the saving message of Christ.

2020 - LHM continues to share Christ with those who have not heard the Gospel and empowers and equips the priesthood of all believers to share their faith with others to grow the community of Christians.

Program accomplishments

More than 125 million people hear or read the Gospel each week through LHM programs, services, or materials.

Through its North American headquarters and more than 30 ministry centers on six continents, LHM reaches into more than 50 countries, often bringing Christ to places where no other Christian evangelistic organizations are present.

More than 1 million listeners to The Lutheran Hour each week.

More than 968,000 individuals intentionally provide contact information for follow up in response to LHM's culturally relevant outreach efforts.

More than 57,0000 individuals were referred last year to local Christian communities internationally for spiritual growth and nurturing.

More than 17,000 individuals became engaged in a Christian community following their referral last year.

Nearly 60,000 individuals participated for the first time in Bible Correspondence Courses offered by LHM's International Ministry Centers.

More than 120,000 individuals completed a ministry activity last year to more effectively share the Gospel with others.