Getting Connected

I’ve seen the ELCA make an impact in my community. How do I connect more deeply to this church?

We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. Lutherans actively participate in their communities, so maybe you’ve noticed our members in action — hosting meals through a food pantry, rebuilding homes through Lutheran Disaster Response, providing spiritual care in times of loss, marching for the civil rights of marginalized communities, caring for seniors at Lutheran-affiliated nursing homes, or teaching children at preschool.

Lutherans have affiliations with schools, colleges, hospitals, summer camps, care facilities and many other social ministry organizations impacting communities around the country.

Each person is created in God’s image, and following the example of Jesus, we’re called to show love and compassion for all people and creation. By working for healing, peace and justice in the world, we seek to uphold human rights and dignity.

We use our voices and actions to demonstrate God’s love. This takes place through everyday actions of members, such as being an active citizen or helping in a food pantry. It also takes place through our church’s advocacy work and ministries such as ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response. We join with Lutherans around the world in service work and justice through the Lutheran World Federation, our global communion of churches.

In these and many other ways, our church strives to put its faith into action to work for the common good. Or as we say in the ELCA’s official tagline, “God’s work. Our hands.”

There are nearly 9,000 ELCA congregations located in all 50 states and the Caribbean. Find one near you at

College students seeking a faith community can find one through Lutheran Campus Ministry.

Lutherans gather to worship God and serve neighbors through participation in congregations, campus ministries, outdoor ministries and many other organizations affiliated with the ELCA. We embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all. Come as you are. All are welcome.

Contact a congregation and learn how to get involved with local service activities and ministries through the Lutheran church at