Welcome to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is a church of more than 4 million members who actively participate in God s work in the world. We believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
With our hands, we do God s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ s name throughout the world. We are a church that belongs to Christ. There is a place for you here. We live in many different communities, span all ages, cultures and races and bring to this church unique life experiences and perspectives. Seek answers to your questions and discover what God is calling you to in life.
A congregation is a diverse community of believers who gather for worship, exploring God s word together, mutual care and support, and equipping one another to live and serve in the world.
More than 4 million members of the ELCA gather in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states, Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands. Chances are there is a congregation near you. Find a congregation today and connect with other people who are committed to participating in what God is up to in the world.
We believe that we all have a calling a vocation to follow Christ s example of serving and loving our neighbor, pursuing justice and peace in the world. The ways in which lay leaders serve this church, their
communities and the world are as diverse as the strengths, life experiences, interests and skills each person brings with them as part of their unique story. Learn more about yourself, how and where God may be calling you as a leader and what opportunities there are for further preparing yourself.
Rostered leaders are called, equipped and theologically trained to serve in the ELCA on a roster (or list) to do God s work in the world. There are a variety of rostered leaders, including ordained pastors and different types of lay rostered leaders.
Rostered leaders work in congregations, special ministries, social service agencies, youth and family ministries, schools and colleges, parish nursing, and wherever God is at work and calling leaders to serve. Do you have a sense that God is calling you to serve? Learn more about the process and opportunities for ministry.