New to the ELCA?Welcome to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is a church of more than 4 million members who actively participate in God’s work in the world. We believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
CongregationsA congregation is a diverse community of believers who gather for worship, exploring God’s word together, mutual care and support, and equipping one another to live and serve in the world.
Lay LeadersWe believe that we all have a calling — a vocation — to follow Christ’s example of serving and loving our neighbor, pursuing justice and peace in the world. The ways in which lay leaders serve this church, their
Rostered LeadersRostered leaders are called, equipped and theologically trained to serve in the ELCA on a roster (or list) to do God’s work in the world. There are a variety of rostered leaders, including ordained pastors and different types of lay rostered leaders.
Pat Nelson looks out over the debris and destruction caused by one of a dozen tornadoes that ripped across the Midwest. Lutheran Disaster Response is work with our partner affiliates on the ground, assessing the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the tornadoes. Your gifts are needed now to begin coordinating volunteers, rebuilding homes and offering spiritual and emotional care.
We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together.
To learn how you can join our cohort of over 240 missionaries who are working alongside our global companions in more than 40 countries, click here. There are a variety of assignments that last from eight months to several years.
Seminary scholarships for outstanding leaders
The ELCA Fund for Leaders serves as the ongoing promise of this church that those who are called to serve our congregations have the opportunity to pursue a path that leads to informed faith and passionate discipleship. Learn how you can support seminary scholarships.