The Laestadian Lutheran Church (LLC) is a nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for religious purposes and is qualified as an exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The LLC is the central organization of 32 member Laestadian Lutheran congregations in North America. The operations of the LLC are structured around four main areas of work in serving its membership and promoting its mission (see “Our Mission”). The areas of work are defined as follows:
- Pastoral Work – Sacred Acts, pastor support, spiritual leadership and counseling, resource to member congregations
- Mission Work – domestic and foreign mission trip coordination, supportive resources and media resource development
- Christian Education – Sunday school, Bible study, confirmation, youth camp programs; educational resources; camp facilities; Opisto scholarship program
- Publications – periodicals, books, recorded music and audio publications
General Operations support the noted areas of work in finance, technology, and administration
Board of Trustees
The LLC Board of Trustees consists of 15 members representing member congregations allocated to three regions of the North American continent – Eastern, Midwestern, and Western. Trustees serve for three-year terms and are elected annually at the Annual Meeting. The Board of Trustees meets regularly five times throughout the year.
A Board Committee structure closely involves trustees in the work of the LLC and provides direction and support to staff. Each committee is comprised of at least three trustees, along with staff/directors associated with the committee’s areas of responsibility. Board Committees currently are as follows: Personnel, Finance, Christian Education, Mission Work, Pastoral Work, Publications.
The LLC employs both full- and part-time personnel in areas of pastoral support, mission work, Christian education, publications, and administration. Staff works closely with the Board of Trustees and coordinates and relies upon the service of numerous volunteers in carrying out its duties and responsibilities.
Other Boards and Committees
The LLC Board of Trustees appoints boards of directors to oversee operations of each of the LLC camp facilities:
Hasscib Lake Camp, Champion, Michigan
Kamp Kipa, Prescott, Arizona
Stony Lake Camp, Park Rapids, Minnesota
Other committees include:
Mission Committees for each of three North American regions
Scholarship Selection Committee to support the Opisto Scholarship Program
Music Committee, a subcommittee of the Publications Committee
Humanitarian Aid Committee