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Our Constitutions are in Adobe PDF format. You may obtain the free Acrobat Reader, here.


It all started in the fall of 2004…


The voters in two congregations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod voted to leave the LCMS and become independent Lutheran churches. Through a common interest in Christ-centered mission work, the two churches discussed a joint endeavor in helping to start mission congregations. These congregations were to be structured in line with the LCMS early model including congregational autonomy, liturgical worship, and basic Word and Sacrament ministry to name a few. They would have none of the trappings seen in the 20th century such as practices of the Church Growth Movement, “new” creeds, unionism, etc.


In July 2005 representatives from Redeemer – St. Clair Shores, MI and Pilgrim – Decatur, IL met in Chicago at the first meeting of the fledgling United Lutheran Mission Association (ULMA). Much was accomplished by the eight laymen and two pastors on the ULMA Commission. The founding documents, a Constitution and Guidelines for Mission Congregations were officially adopted. Eventually the intent of the association was drawn up, various papers covering doctrinal and practical issues, and a list of frequently asked questions. Recently a paper entitled Statement of Faith - A Basis of Fellowship was added.


Our goal is rather basic: To help establish traditional Lutheran congregations. Our overhead is minimal. The ULMA has NO financial holdings or funds. Member congregations send volunteer representatives who compose the ULMA Commission to semi-annual meetings (at their own expense). The Commission works to determine mission needs, offer guidance, and establish funding requirements. The funding is based on the mission pledges of the member congregations which in turn are sent directly by the member congregations to the mission field.


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Thank you to everyone who has contacted us with words of support, questions on our progress, and prayers for God's blessings on our efforts. And of course, keep those mission queries and suggestions coming!


Our first forum was held on October 17, 2009. The topic was Life Without A Synod. Recordings and papers from many of the presentations are available. Details are on our Papers and Other Information page.


Feel free to use the box below to sign up for our News Releases. It is the best way to keep up to date on the ULMA activities. Also, keep an eye on this website for documents and statements to help you know what ULMA is doing. More information will be posted online as it becomes available.


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Below is a sample of some news releases of the past. The list is not comprehensive. You are urged to view our listings on Yahoo!Groups for a complete list so you can see how ULMA has been blessed over the years.


Recap of ULMA Spring 2014 General Meeting :: Apr 29, 2014

Spring ULMA Meeting April 26th :: Mar 13, 2014

Details from Fall ULMA General Meeting :: Oct 29, 2013

ULMA Fall Meeting Set for October 19th :: Sep 24, 2013

Recap of Spring 2013 ULMA General Meeting :: May 1, 2013

ULMA Fall 2012 Meeting Report :: Nov 6, 2012

ULMA Spring 2012 Meeting Report :: Apr 25, 2012

Our Redeemer - Forsyth, IL Joins ULMA :: Jan 22, 2012

ULMA Fall 2011 Meeting Details :: Oct 25, 2011

ULMA Spring 2011 Meeting Details :: Mar 24, 2011

Details from the Fall Meeting in Columbus :: Nov 17, 2010

ULMA Starts a Busy Spring :: Mar 27, 2010

Report on ULMA Fall Meeting and Forum :: Nov 5, 2009

ULMA Congregation Calls Second Missionary-at-Large :: May 23, 2009

New ULMA Mission in California :: Feb 4, 2009

Rev. James Shaw Begins as Missionary at Large in Virginia :: Apr 23, 2008

New Mission in Virginia :: Feb 6, 2008

Pr. William Abbott Speaks in Texas :: Sep 20, 2007


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Last Updated: April 29, 2014




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