ELCA Fund for Leaders

The ELCA Fund for Leaders (FFL) helps to raise up and financially support students studying at ELCA seminaries who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and exceptional gifts for ministry. Our vision is to one day support every candidate for rostered ministry with a full-tuition scholarship to an ELCA seminary, to empower and enable our leaders to serve as the church needs and the Holy Spirit leads.

NEW Leadership Initiative

In November 2016, Bishop Eaton announced a new leadership initiative to inspire ELCA leaders to seek out and encourage gifted people in their congregations, communities and networks to consider a call to the ministry of the gospel, supported by growing levels of scholarships for seminary tuition.

At the same time, Bishop Eaton announced a $3 million gift to the ELCA Fund for Leaders, which will provide full-tuition seminary scholarships for 60 additional students over the next three years. The Fund for Leaders will grant the first 20 of these scholarships to applicants who will be first year students in the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year through a centralized awards process. Recipients may use their scholarships to attend any ELCA seminary from which they have received an offer of admission. Additionally, after the additional 20 scholarships are awarded in early spring, ELCA seminaries will be able to nominate a number of their accepted students for general Fund for Leaders full-tuition scholarships.

More about the ELCA Fund for Leaders

The realities and possibilities of the 21st-century demand that we have a critical mass of exceptionally astute and creative leaders — people defined by their generous evangelical imaginations who can point the way for both their individual congregations and for the church as a whole.

The ELCA Fund for Leaders, a merit-based scholarship program, enables us to attract women and men of tremendous promise to become pastors and rostered lay leaders, and to study at an ELCA seminary. The fund serves as the ongoing promise of this church that candidates for ministry will have the opportunity to pursue a path toward informed faith and passionate discipleship. 

Each of us has a unique role to play in realizing our commitment as Lutherans to “always being made new.” Your gift to the ELCA Fund for Leaders ensures that highly talented individuals will be able to answer the call to leadership for this church and for our future.

For more information, please send us an email or call 800-638-3522.


Watch the livestream video from the Fund for Leaders banquet.