LSA Advocacy and Public Policy

At its most basic level, the goal of our advocacy is to effect change. The change that LSA hopes to make flows from the very simple and practical question, How does LSA best love and serve its neighbors? The answer to this question leads to the creation, improvement, or expansion of a service, program, or initiative; it might also point to the need to change public policy, or reveal an opportunity to seek broader social change. Advocacy in all these forms is one vital way that LSA and its members can and do live out their call to serve.

Featured Advocacy News

For the latest federal policy news from LSA and our partners, please click here.

The Issues

LSA member organizations serve a broad diversity of vulnerable people of all faiths and backgrounds across the lifespan. As a network, they provide services including health care; aging and disability support; housing and community development; children, youth and family services; immigration and refugee aid; and services in support of economic empowerment. To learn more about the issues critical to LSA members and our current policy priorities, please click here.

Policy Priorities

LSA’s Public Policy office works to ensure the voices of our members are heard at the federal level, in part by seeking policy change that aligns with our member-informed priorities.  Each spring, LSA releases its federal policy priorities for the year.  Currently under development, LSA’s 2016 policy agenda will focus on Children, Youth, and Families; Older Adults; the Federal Budget and Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations; and Nonprofit Sector Issues.  Learn more about this year’s agenda.

Campaigns and Resources

LSA advocates on behalf of our nationwide network of over 300 Lutheran social ministry organizations employing nearly 250,000 people. Together, we envision and seek improvements in policies and programs that will empower our members in their mission to heal, shelter, and serve with compassion. To learn more about LSA's recent advocacy campaigns, please click here.

Public Policy Advisory Committee

LSA's Public Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC) partners with LSA to shape, guide, and advance LSA's public policy and advocacy work. The PPAC serves a vital and strategic role, offering LSA staff the valuable perspective of its members and an important connection to LSA member organizations and their expertise. Learn more about the PPAC here.

Lutheran Services in America Disability Network

A network of LSA, Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN) is a nationwide association of Lutheran social ministry organizations, faith-based disability service providers and Lutheran professionals supporting the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and related conditions (I/DD). LSA-DN includes 25 organizational members that provide support to more than 150,000 individuals in 34 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, generating over $1.25 billion in annual revenue. Learn more here.

Stay Connected

For the latest news from LSA's public policy office, please check out our updates on Twitter.

For more information about LSA's public policy and advocacy efforts, please contact Sarah Dobson, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, at or 202-499-5832.