Reaching across the country in love and service
Help build a new ELCA congregation or ministry in an underserved neighborhood, or help provide disaster relief – there are hundreds of opportunities across the country.
- Lutheran Disaster Response needs volunteers, skilled and unskilled, to help people recover from domestic disasters. Lutherans have become well-known in the disaster response community as the experts in long-term disaster recovery. Find out more on the LDR volunteer Web page.
- Lutheran Social Ministry Organizations offer unique opportunities for service in communities across the nation.
- Mission Builders donate their time and talent to build our churches. Partnering with an ELCA congregation who has no place to worship, they provide the technical know-how and manpower to get the job done. But beyond nails, hammers, saws, and 2x4s, Mission Builders build friendships, they build community, and they build faith.
Long-term domestic (U.S.) service opportunities
- ELCA-affiliated camps and retreat centers (full-time and year-round positions): Find opportunities to serve throughout the year in outdoor ministries and camps, urban settings and border sites, many especially attractive to youth and young adults.
- Holden Village (year-long or shorter): Each year Holden Village, a Lutheran center for renewal in Washington state's Cascade Mountains, operates through the efforts of more than four hundred volunteers who serve as its staff.
- Lutheran Volunteer Corps: Communities of four to seven volunteers share meals, household responsibilities, daily struggles, faith discussions and good times that are essential to strong families, neighborhoods, cities, and to a peaceful world.
- Urban Servant Corps: Urban Servant Corps is a one-year, full-time Lutheran volunteer program involved in ministries serving inner-city Denver.
- Border Servant Corps: Border Servant Corps seeks to provide an opportunity for volunteers to work for justice, serve their neighbor, and walk humbly with their God by serving in full-time volunteer positions on the U.S./México border.