Stories of Faith in Action

A message from The Mission Support Team

Dear partner in ministry,

The last year has been one of change, adaptation and creativity. Together we learned new ways of being church as we continued to reach out to our communities and serve the spiritual and physical needs of our neighbors locally and globally. We found ways to lift each other up and support one another across all three expressions of the ELCA: congregations, synods and the churchwide organization. The way we do things may have changed in 2020, but the reason we do them — to serve and love God and our neighbor — stayed constant.

Being church during a pandemic has produced some of the most inspiring stories of our ministry together. We shared new ways of being community. We shared new ways of caring for one another. Our congregations and synods generously continued to share Mission Support — the portion of your offering that your congregation shares with your synod and your synod shares with the churchwide organization. This Mission Support breathed new life into our ministry together, helped ministries adapt to a changing world and even planted seeds for new ministries.

We are so grateful for the generosity of this church. We are grateful for the creativity that has sprung out of the challenges we faced in the last year. We are grateful for each of you, for being part of the body of Christ and part of the ELCA.

We hope this publication will remind you what is possible when we open ourselves up to change and walk alongside one another as church together. We invite you to share these stories of impact so others can see how God is at work in and through the ELCA.

Gratefully,

  • Victoria Flood Signature

    Victoria Flood

    Sr. Director

    Mission Support, ELCA

  • Nick Kiger Signature

    Nick Kiger

    Director

    Mission Support, ELCA

Mission Support Team

Being church during a pandemic has produced some of the most inspiring stories of our ministry together.