Called Forward Together in Christ

The ELCA is a young church at only 28 years old. It is a good time to take a look at where we are as God’s people and try to understand what God has in store for us. And we think it is an exciting time to be looking forward together as we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

We want to create a vision for the future ELCA – as a church with solid foundations sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and making a difference in the world locally and globally. And as a church that we can be proud to pass on to our children.

We want to discover how we can continue to faithfully serve God’s mission in the years ahead and reach a shared understanding among church leaders about the ministries that are most important.

And we want to assess whether the structures that were set up for this church are right for the future, and as part of this consider how we use our resources in the best possible way. There are many challenges.

Send us your videos

What is your hope for the ELCA as we move into the future? Now is your chance to send us a quick video and share your thoughts and dreams for the ELCA. We are looking for short, 15-second videos that address this question:

What is your hope for the future of our church?

Grab your cellphone and start recording! There are just a few things to keep in mind:

  • 15 seconds in length
  • We need to hear from you before Feb. 15, 2017
  • Email the video to
  • If you share on social media, be sure to use #ELCAFuture
  • Prizes! A few lucky winners may appear in a longer video and receive ELCA swag.

By sharing, you are allowing us to use and share your videos too. Ready, set, record!