Martin Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus set sail from Europe and landed in the Western Hemisphere. Luther was a young monk and priest when Michaelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel in Rome...
Completion of the first call process completes candidacy for all people, including those ordained in another Lutheran church or Christian tradition, moving them toward first call and admittance to the appropriate roster in the ELCA.
With gratitude for those who have gone before and hope for the future, the ELCA gives thanks to God for the ministry of women. In 2019 and 2020 we celebrate 50 years of Lutheran women being ordained in the United States, 40 years of women of color being ordained, and 10 years of LGBTQIA+ individuals being able to serve freely.
In its simplest form, becoming a sanctuary denomination means that the ELCA is publicly declaring that walking alongside immigrants and refugees is a matter of faith. In baptism, we are brought into a covenantal relationship with Jesus Christ that commits us to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.
As a steward of the resources that God has provided, the ELCA organizes itself to make the most effective use of its resources to accomplish its mission. This organizational work includes the development of a churchwide budget.
The work of developing a budget for the ELCA churchwide organization is an interactive process involving the input, discernment and skills of a variety of leaders, officers of the ELCA and specific organizational structures with responsibilities for participation in the budgeting process. Ultimately, the purpose of this interactive process is to allocate financial resources that strengthen the ELCA’s participation in God’s mission in ways appropriate to the role of the ELCA churchwide organization.
The ELCA Church Council recommends the triennium budgets for consideration by the Churchwide Assembly, which meets every three years in August. Alongside the many responsibilities attended to during a Churchwide Assembly, one of its primary purposes is the approval of a current funding budget and an ELCA World Hunger budget for the upcoming period of three years. The Council has the authority to revise the spending agreement after periodic review of revised income estimates for the church.
We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person--questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.