ALCM is a strong and successful service and professional organization with approximately 1,500 members, dedicated to the cause of strengthening the ministry of music in the Lutheran Church. It serves through a wide range of publications, conferences, and local, regional, and national events. ALCM is widely recognized as a significant force in Lutheran church music.
ALCM’s national office is located on the campus of Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. The board of directors meets for one face-to-face meeting annually and communicates regularly throughout the year via conference calls. ALCM is governed by its constitution (bylaws), most recently amended at the July 2013 biennial meeting in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Membership in ALCM is drawn from all major Lutheran bodies as well as other denominations and is open to church musicians (full-time, part-time, retired, volunteer), pastors, and others who have an interest in the goals of the association.
ALCM goals include:
- Strengthening our Lutheran liturgical heritage
- Defining and supporting the role of the church musician, full-time and part-time
- Espousing professional standards
- Encouraging spiritual growth
- Fostering professional exchange
- Guidelines for employment
- Advocating college and seminary training in liturgy and music
- Strengthening professional relationships between clergy and musicians
ALCM’s primary goal is expressed in its mission statement: ALCM nurtures and equips musicians to serve and lead the church’s song.