Doctrinal Position

These statements of doctrinal position explain what The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches about key scriptural and confessional principles.

A Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Position of the Missouri Synod (Adopted 1932)

A Statement of Scriptural and Confessional Principles (Adopted 1973)

Also Read:  "An Introduction to the LCMS"                                                                                                                                           Published by Concordia Publishing House, this booklet presents: (1) a brief overview of the history, mission, and ministry of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; (2) a discussion of the foundational Lutheran beliefs as held and taught by the Missouri Synod; and (3) the Missouri Synod's understanding of the nature and mission of the Church and its relationship with other Christian denominations. Download Here  

“What About?" Series

What About?" is a series of 27 pamphlets, written by former Synod President Rev. Dr. A.L. Barry, that address doctrinal topics, moral issues and concerns in the church to help Christians grow in their understanding of these important questions.


The Gospel

The Bible

The Small Catechism

The Ten Commandments

The Apostles' Creed

The Lord's Prayer

Holy Baptism

Confession and Absolution

The Sacrament of the Altar

Being a Lutheran

Lutheran Worship

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Telling the Good News about Jesus

Christian Families


Death and Dying


The New Millennium

Christian Stewardship

Fellowship in the Lord's Supper

The Difference between the ELCA and the LCMS

The Ordination of Women to the Pastoral Office



Living Together Without Marriage

Creation and Evolution