Member Benefits

Stronger Together

Lutheran Services in America, Inc. (LSA) is one of the largest health and human services networks in the country serving 1 in 50 Americans each year.  LSA has 300 members throughout the United States and the Caribbean. The LSA network is ranked at #23 on the Philanthropy 400, an annual listing of top charitable groups, and has combined revenue of $21 billion.

LSA’s vision is a network of connected, strong and thriving Lutheran social ministries that transform the lives of people and communities. What is unique about the network is the deep trust and sharing that come from a shared heritage and  set of values and the fact that members, founded geographically across the country do not compete with each other. This provides a unique trusted environment for members to openly learn together, replicate programs, advocate together, and take joint action. LSA members come together to achieve more collectively than they can as individual organizations.  

Below are some of the key ways in which the LSA network comes together:

Professional Development

            CEO Academy: Each year, LSA's signature event for chief executives brings together the CEOs of leading Lutheran social ministry organizations from around the country for a highly engaging three-day conference. In addition to prominent external thought leaders, member CEOs share their real-life experiences and network in a trusted environment of faith and mission. The 2016 CEO Academy focused on leading through innovation.  Click here for more information.             

             Lutheran Leadership Summit: The Lutheran Leadership Summit is an annual leadership conference that provides the opportunity for C-suite leaders, executives and senior-level staff at social ministry organizations to join a cohort of your peers to focus on leadership within a Lutheran context. This three-day, in-depth summit is designed to help you better leverage the strengths and mission of your organization to adapt and thrive in rapidly changing environments while also creating lasting and beneficial connections within the national LSA network. Click here for more information.

             LSA Annual Conference: LSA's largest event, the Annual Conference is a yearly gathering that convenes nonprofit leaders, staff, Board members and faith leaders to build on and celebrate LSA's national, strong and trusted network, bringing together hundreds of nonprofit Lutheran social ministy leaders united in the mission of transforming lives and communities. Click here for more information.

             Webinars: Several virtual learning opportunities are offered throughout the year for members by peers and subject experts focused on important operational and policy issues. Members can access recordings of previous webinars and see a calendar of future webinars here.    

             Professional Networks: LSA helps to facilitate conversation between Lutheran social ministry staff and executives by supporting various professional networks based on-functional responsibilities within their organizations such as the Council for Human Resource Managers (CHRM), the Lutheran Information Technology Network (LITN), Lutheran Financial Managers Association (LFMA) and Lutheran Executive Alumni Network (LEAN).

            Continuing Education Units: LSA offers the opportunity for member conference attendees to receive CEUs at conferences for free or at a substantial discount.

Communities of Practice:

Communities of Practice are a network of member organizations that share not only our Lutheran heritage but provide similar services. The communities of practice allow these members to come together in a trusted community of peers to share resources and innovations to facilitate business opportunities and transform the lives and communities of the people we serve. LSA member organizations are invited to join these active communities of practice.

            Children, Youth and Families Network comes together to learn from and with each other to transform the well-being of vulnerable youth and their families by improving current care practices, developing new and innovative solutions and encouraging practitioner informed policy decisions. Currently, a group of members is receiving technical assistance from The Annie E. Casey Foundation in improving outcomes for children and youth. Click here to learn more.

            Disability Network works together to advocate so that persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live a life of their choosing with greater independence and financial security, with the services and supports they need to lead an abundant life. DN works together to advocate for person-centered support and improvements to long-term services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Click here to learn more.

            Disaster Network builds partnerships and obtains additional resources for Lutheran social ministry organizations active in disaster service and to build the resiliency of their communities.  Click here to learn more.

           Senior Services Network focuses its work on helping seniors remain living independently in their homes and communities and enhancing the transition from post-acute care to the home environment. Click here to learn more.

Partnership Discounts:

LSA has established preferred business relationships with several businesses and organizations that provide products and solutions to nonprofit organizations. These relationships provide significant discounts for the benefit of all of LSA's members. Learn more about all of LSA's preferred business partnerships and how they can save your organizations money here.

Advocacy:

LSA serves as the Washington, DC office for our nationwide network of Lutheran social ministry organizations. LSA’s headquarters is located steps away from decision-makers in Congress and the White House so that its faith-based voice is heard on a variety of important issues such as health care, older adults, people with disabilities, immigration and refugee services, and federal budget issues. LSA members have access to:  

  • Dedicated advocacy staff focused on issues important to Lutheran social ministry.
  • Access to the member exclusive publication of LSA Washington, which informs our members on policy updates and the changes in Washington on a weekly basis.
  • Hill Visits where LSA staff advocates for the interest of its members.
  • Self-Advocacy Training offered to help educate LSA members on advocating for their organizations' interests.

Networking:

 LSA offers a safe, trusted environment for social ministry professionals to congregate under the Lutheran identity to grow from each other's experiences and bridge relationships with fellow members. Join your peers at LSA for exclusive networking events throughout the year.

Resources:

             Job Listings: LSA posts job listings at member organizations in a montly e-newsletter. The Personnel Bulletin, and on its website. To subscribe or learn how to post a job opportunity click here.

            Webinars: Several virtual learning opportunities are offered throughout the year for members by peers and subject experts focused on important operational and policy issues. Click here to learn more.

            Funding Alerts: LSA curates a list of potential funding opportunities that may be of interest to member organizations. Members can gain access to the list by emailing dhoesly@lutheranservices.org.

             Joint Funding Opportunities: LSA works with members to identify and apply for national grants that would benefit multiple members in a region or serving similiar populations.

            Membership Directory: LSA provides a membership directory so other members can find members in their geographic areas or that have similar services to make networking easier. Click here for access to the directory.

             Service Directory: LSA provides a service directory of all member organizations for people to look up services offered near them as well as for other member organizations to find organizations with similar missions and services. Click here for access to the directory.

             Newsletters and member-only publications: LSA membership gives members access to information through periodic electronic newsletters such as LSA Together, LSA Washington, Caring Connections, Personnel Bulletin, CEO newsletter (contact LSA to subscribe) and LSA Disability network newsletter (contact LSA to subscribe). Click here to subscribe and click on each newsletter for its archives.

             Research and Publications: LSA offers resources on Executive Leadership and Lutheran identity. Click here for more information on these resources.

             For more information, contact Alesia Frerichs at afrerichs@lutheranservices.org or at 202.499.5823.