Stories of Faith in Action

Stories of faith in action

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20 Years of Formative Service

Jessica Craver’s feet felt frozen.

Recently deployed by ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) to the Lutheran Church in Australia, she’d failed to pack adequate footwear to withstand the continent’s harsh winter. Her host mother had noticed...

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Many Languages, One Growing Church

When God spoke to Jean Paul Kisuku, Kisuku knew he had to listen.

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A New Lens for Generosity

Sharing God’s gifts with one another through stewardship is an integral part of the Lutheran faith.

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Courage to be Who We Are

Ed Ramirez’s journey to find a church was a long one, filled with disappointments.

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A Spiritual Home for Future Leaders

Stuck in traffic at West Virginia University (WVU) you’d be hard-pressed not to notice the fire engine red Lutheran Campus Ministry Chapel.

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Connecting Cultures at Camp

When Matt Rusch, director of Outlaw Ranch, first proposed a family camp connecting cultures, he started from scratch.

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Chaplain on the Front Line

Ministering to some 700 National Guard and Army troops during New York City’s severe COVID-19 outbreak might seem daunting.

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20 Years of Formative Service

Recently deployed by ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission, she’d failed to pack adequate footwear to withstand the continent’s harsh winter.

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Empowered to Empower Others

Leaving her home in Suriname for Augsburg University, Minneapolis, Sarah Abendanon felt frightened and excited.

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God has Enlightened Us

As the ELCA Churchwide Assembly met to elect leaders and make decisions regarding the future, Salvadoran Lutherans gathered for a similar reason.

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Invidividuals and Families

Your Congregation

Your offering supports your congregation’s vital presence in your community. When your congregation votes to designate the percentage of your offerings it will share with your synod, your congregation is sharing Mission Support for ministries led by the wider church on your behalf.

Your Churchwide Organization

Your churchwide organization uses Mission Support dollars to lead and support ministry on behalf of the whole church. This includes starting and supporting new ELCA ministries, training leaders, sending missionaries and growing the Lutheran church around the world.

Your Synod

Your congregation’s Mission Support dollars are stewarded by your synod leaders to nurture and equip ELCA congregations and rostered ministers. Synods support area ministry partners (camps, colleges, seminaries and more) and build relationships with global-companion churches. Synods designate a portion of the Mission Support funds they receive from congregations to be shared with your churchwide organization for ministries across our church.

Invidividuals and Families

Your Congregation

Your offering supports your congregation’s vital presence in your community. When your congregation votes to designate the percentage of your offerings it will share with your synod, your congregation is sharing Mission Support for ministries led by the wider church on your behalf.

Your Churchwide Organization

Your churchwide organization uses Mission Support dollars to lead and support ministry on behalf of the whole church. This includes starting and supporting new ELCA ministries, training leaders, sending missionaries and growing the Lutheran church around the world.

Your Synod

Your congregation’s Mission Support dollars are stewarded by your synod leaders to nurture and equip ELCA congregations and rostered ministers. Synods support area ministry partners (camps, colleges, seminaries and more) and build relationships with global-companion churches. Synods designate a portion of the Mission Support funds they receive from congregations to be shared with your churchwide organization for ministries across our church.

In 2019, ELCA members gave $1.7 billion in unrestricted offerings* to support God’s mission and ministry through the three expressions of the ELCA. Thank you for your generosity!

94.5% — CONGREGATIONS

$1.6 billion remained with and was stewarded by the ELCA’s 9,100 congregations. $93.5 million was shared by congregations as Mission Support.

3% — SYNODS

$51 million was stewarded by the ELCA’s 65 synods.

2.5% — CHURCHWIDE ORGANIZATION

$42.5 million of Mission Support was stewarded by the ELCA churchwide organization.

*Unrestricted offerings do not include special offerings (e.g., congregational capital improvements or gifts to ministries such as Lutheran Disaster Response or ELCA World Hunger).

94.5% 3% 2.5%

Mission Support enables the ELCA’s 65 synods and more than 9,100 congregations to pool resources to love and serve our neighbors in ways no individual or congregation can do alone. Mission Support is one way we are church together – it’s essential to who we are as the ELCA.

Through Mission Support, we expand our participation in God’s life-changing work in our communities and around the world.