Faith Practices

We are a church that is energized by lively engagement in our faith and life. “Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing,” said Martin Luther. Faith Practices are ways to live out our faith as we grow in our discipleship.

In 2000, the ELCA introduced a Faith Practices Initiative called, “Living the Faith – Call to Discipleship.” From that program came the following Seven Faith Practices to guide our discipleship: invite, pray, study, worship, give, encourage and serve. These seven practices continue to be used by individuals and congregations as they strive to be followers of Christ.

Many resources were developed from this initiative that will help you in your faith practices journey, including “Living Our Baptismal Covenant” and “Daily Faith Practices,” a weekly Bible study based on the second lesson of the lectionary. Learn more about living out our baptismal covenant by clicking here.

Book of Faith

Spending time studying Scripture is foundational to growing in faith. The ELCA Book of Faith Initiative has many resources that will help you explore the Bible. Learn more by clicking here.

Story Matters

There is an excitement about going beyond the walls of our congregations and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. The “Story Matters” resource utilizes the Book of Faith Initiative, Faith Practices and Congregational Mission Planning together as a resource for ELCA congregations, as they work to engage their surrounding communities.

Spiritual Gifts

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good”. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7

Each of us has different gifts to share God’s love with the world. The Spiritual Gifts Assessment tool is for identifying your spiritual gifts.

This tool can be very useful for team building within your congregation. Simply have each person in your committee or team complete this assessment, then spend time discussing the various gifts that are at work in your group and your congregation.

Renewal, Prayer and Revival Ministry

Faith practices, especially prayer, play a powerful role in renewing congregations. There is a team in the ELCA that consists of lay and clergy members who are passionate about renewing the ELCA through services, prayer and Lutheran revival services. This team is available to offer renewal events, prayer services and workshops, and Lutheran revivals for clusters of congregations and synods.

Christian Education

Christian education is at the very heart of the church. In the educational process, the Spirit of God encounters people of all ages so that they are nurtured in faith, grow in knowledge and experience, and are inspired and empowered to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. This call to discipleship compels us to share our faith and serve others in the home, the community and the world.

For more information

Email or call 800-638-3522.

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Bible Studies
Daily Faith Practices
Daily Discipleship

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Baptismal Covenant


The liturgy for the Affirmation of Baptism describes the faith practices that grow out of our baptism (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 236).

We are to “...live among God’s faithful people; hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper; proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed; serve all people following the example of Jesus; and strive for justice and peace in all the earth.”

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