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 and is open to church musicians (full-time, part-time, retired, volunteer), pastors, and others who share 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
It has been estimated conservatively by those familiar with Lutheran church attendance statistics that the ALCM members who actively lead church music each week touch the lives of nearly a half million individuals each month. Therefore, the chief goal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians remains the impetus given to each member to excel in the exalted task of leading members of the Body of Christ in praise of their Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.