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Equal in God's Kingdom

Cholita Narzary made history in November 2020 as the second woman ordained into ministry by the Bodo Evangelical Lutheran Church.

“Since the first woman’s ordination there were many silent years,” said Ichahak Muchahary, BELC bishop. “The church becomes a family only with the recognition of women as equal partners in God’s vineyard.”

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Where All May Dwell

Emily Norris had been serving at Augsburg Lutheran Church’s winter-overflow homeless shelter in Winston-Salem.

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New Ways to be Faithful

When a congregation’s location can best be described as “on the road out of town, near the mall.”

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Bolstered by Relationships

Jesús Escamilla knows the power of relationships.

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Space to Abide

Where are all the young adults in the ELCA?

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Living our Theology, Demanding Justice

Curious to learn more, she visited ELCA.org and found social statements explaining the church’s commitment to diversity.

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Many Ways to be Connected

As churches returned to in-person worship in 2021, many expressed thanks for the online support that the ELCA Worship team provided.

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A Life of Accompaniment

In 1982, a month after their wedding, Mark and Linda Jacobson moved to Kenya.

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Equal in God's Kingdom

Cholita Narzary made history in November 2020 as the second woman ordained into ministry by the Bodo Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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Evangelism is Alive in Malawi

In spite of COVID-19, ministry continues.

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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 nationally and globally.

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 2020, 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!

94.7% — CONGREGATIONS

$1.6 billion was stewarded by over 8,900 ELCA congregations. $90.2 million was shared by congregations as Mission Support.

2.9% — SYNODS

$49.5 million in Mission Support was stewarded by the ELCA’s 65 synods.

2.3% — CHURCHWIDE ORGANIZATION

$40.7 million in 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).

94.7% 2.9% 2.4%

As Lutherans, we believe that Christ has freed us from sin and death, and even from ourselves, so that we can love and serve our neighbors. One way we turn our faith into action is by making a financial gift — an offering — to our congregation.

Each year, ELCA congregations pledge to send a portion of their offerings to fund ELCA ministries in their synods and beyond. We call these funds Mission Support.

Mission Support enables the ELCA’s more than 8,900 congregations and 65 synods to pool resources to love and serve our neighbors in ways that 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.