About ALMA

The Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies (ALMA) is “Where Missions Meet.”Indian woman with kids


The Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies is a professional service organization linking and equipping Lutheran mission agencies, congregations, and individuals for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

ALMA encourages cooperation in mission efforts in order to advance God's mission, working alongside The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).

ALMA began in 1996 with less than 10 mission agencies. Today approximately 65 different mission groups represent a variety of specialties, people groups and geographic focuses.

Scope of Mission Work

While most of ALMA organizations are based in North America, membership is open to any Lutheran mission agency, society, congregation or individual anywhere in the world. For more information on how to join ALMA go to the Join Us page.

  • ALMA's website connects Lutheran mission groups, congregations, and individuals to one another and to the worldwide Lutheran family. The website provides information about mission opportunities for mission involvement and models for agencies and congregations looking for ways to work more effectively. 

  • ALMA encourages member agencies and other mission-involved individuals and groups to share information, mission opportunities, and best practices to encourage more effective mission work and greater participation in mission efforts by all members of the Body of Christ.

  • ALMA refers those in need of information assistance and counsel to the appropriate ALMA agencies with the experience or expertise in a given situation.

  • ALMA promotes participation in mission partnerships and coordination with LCMS. Individual ALMA agencies also may elect to develop a formal partnership with LCMS or another member agency.

Board of Directors

The ALMA Board of Directors serve two year terms, and are elected at the Annual Meeting during the Conference in January. Current Board members for 2017-2018 are the following:

Jim Tino, President, Global Lutheran Outreach
Christy Weber, First Vice President, Shoes and Hope
Bill Ney, Second Vice President, LAMP
Samuel Deressa, Secretary, OELMS
Jeff Thormodson, Treasurer, Lutheran Society for Missiology
Stanish Stanley, Christian Friends of New Americans
Dorothy Krans, LCMS Liaison, LCMS Office of National Mission