ELCA Fund for Leaders

Fund for Leaders Day of Giving: August 16

On Aug. 16 we celebrate the day ELCA Fund for Leaders (FFL) was born with a Day of Giving. This event allows us to honor past scholarship recipients and provide emerging leaders with a path to seminary. This year, all gifts to FFL will be matched, dollar for dollar, until we reach $20,000. When you make a gift, you will double your impact on the lives of emerging leaders and the future of our church.

You can help make the Day of Giving a sucess by sharing the story of ELCA Fund for Leaders with your community:

  • On Social media — Share what ELCA Fund for Leaders means to you with #FFLDayOfGiving. Follow the ELCA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for stories from current FFL scholars and alums.
  • In your congregation — Throughout August, lift up the ministry of FFL in prayers, announcements and newsletters.

Watch the ELCA Fund for Leaders 25th Anniversary Scholarship Awards Celebration

The ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarship program supports students attending ELCA seminaries. By making seminary more affordable, the ELCA Fund for Leaders enables more future ministers to go to seminary and helps them graduate with less debt, empowering those whom God calls into ministry to go and serve as the church needs and the Holy Spirit leads.

We are church, and each of us has a unique role to play in furthering the mission and ministry of the church. 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. 

The next opportunity to apply for Fund for Leaders full-tuition scholarships will be through an online process from Nov. 15, 2022, to Feb. 25, 2023. To be eligible, applicants must be planning to enroll at an ELCA seminary as first-year students (juniors) in the fall semester of the 2023-2024 academic year, with no more than one semester’s worth of coursework already completed. Applicants must also have begun the ELCA candidacy process with the intent of becoming a rostered minister of either word and sacrament or word and service.

Visit the Our Scholarships page for more information about these and other Fund for Leaders scholarships.

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

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