Lutheran World Federation (LWF)

Fédération luthérienne mondiale (FLM)
Lutherischer Weltbund (LWB)
Lutherska Världsförbundet
Federación Luterana Mundial

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Founded 1947, Lund (Sweden), in succession to Lutheran World Convention, set up 1923, Eisenach (Germany). Incorporated in accordance with Swiss Law (Registry of Commerce, Geneva (Switzerland), 27 Feb 1951, Journal No 478). Present constitution adopted 1990, Curitiba (Brazil), at 8th Assembly; amended 1997, Hong Kong and July 2010, Stuttgart (Germany).


As a communion of churches which confess the triune God, agree in the proclamation of the Word of God and are united in pulpit and altar fellowship: confess the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church; resolve to serve Christian unity throughout the world; further the united witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and strengthen member churches in carrying out the missionary command and in their efforts towards Christian unity worldwide; further diaconic action worldwide among member churches, alleviating human need, promoting peace and human rights, social and economic justice, care for God's creation and sharing of resources; through cooperative study, further self-understanding and communion of member churches and help them to act jointly in common tasks; confess the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the only source and norm of doctrine, life and service; in the three Ecumenical Creeds and in the Confessions of the Lutheran Church, and especially in the unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism of Martin Luther, see a pure exposition of the Word of God.

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2023 Krakow, Poland – Assembly

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Assistance to mission and church programmes globally; relief, refugee and development work; communications development; scholarships; exchange programme for leadership training; promotion of Lutheran unity; theological research conferences and exchanges; encouragement of ecumenical involvement of member churches on national and regional levels; conferences, seminars and workshops.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (General Category); United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 10 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 85 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 117 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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