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ELCA Churchwide Ministries

ELCA World Hunger

From health clinics to water wells, microloans to food pantries, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger get at the root causes of hunger and poverty in nearly 60 countries around the world.

Lutheran Disaster Response

Long after the dust settles and the media headlines change, Lutheran Disaster Response is known for providing ongoing, long-term assistance to those affected by distasters in the U.S. and around the world.

ELCA Fund for Leaders

To provide support to all qualified students preparing for ordained or rostered lay ministry through one of the eight ELCA seminaires.  Since 2000, the Fund for Leaders has awarded approximately 700 full and partial tuition scholarships totaling over $5.9 million in tuition assistance.

ELCA Global Church Sponsorship

Your gifts to ELCA Global Church Sponsorship build up Christ's church by sending missionaries, training leaders, planting new churches and growing existing ones where needed most.

ELCA Malaria Campaign

Working through Lutheran churches in Africa, your gifts to the ELCA Malaria Campaign provide mosquito nets, medication, health care, education and more to stop deaths from this disease - for good.

ELCA New Congregations

There is a place for everyone in the ELCA, but it starts with a welcoming invitation.  Help start new congregations across the country, especially among diverse, emerging populations.

Renewing Congregations

Every congregation is in a mission field, but many need resources to share the good news.  Help congregations with renewal efforts that assist in reaching, inviting, and serving their neighbors in new and effective ways.

ELCA Vision for Mission

Fulfilling our call to do God's work with our hands.

Poverty Ministries

A multi-approach to the scandal of poverty in a wealthy nation.  This work is grounded in God's unflagging commitment to people who are poor and oppressed, articulated by the prophets and embodied in the life of Jesus.

  • HIV and Aids

  • Alliance on Poverty and Wealth

  • Community Development Services

  • Development Loan Fund

  • Domestic Hunger Grants

Disability Ministires

Called to be a hospitable church for all God's people.

  • Accessibility

  • Christian Education

  • Mentorship Program

  • Blind & Visual Impairment

  • Mental Illness & Brain Disorders

  • Deaf Ministries

Multicultural Ministries

Inclusive not exclusive.  Provides advice, counsel and services to ELCA congregations, synods, agencies and institutions who wish to become more culturally diverse.

  • Ethnic ministries

  • Multicultural Education

  • Racial Justice Ministries

  • Anti-Racism


  • Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

  • Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, IL

  • Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA

  • Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC

  • Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkley, CA

  • The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

  • Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH

  • Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA


Outdoor Ministry; the church in a time and a place apart.  There are 135 ELCA-affiliated camp, retreat and conference center sites in the United States and Puerto Rico; including Lutherlyn.

Loans for Ministries

The Mission Investment Fund and its predecessors have been financing church related building projects and land purchases for nearly 100 years.  Nearly 800 loans totalling more than $475 million are at work today in the ELCA ministries throughout the United States, Puerto Rice and the Virgin Islands.

Youth and Young Adults

Engage young people in the life of this church and invest in the future of the ELCA with your gifts to support youth and young adult ministries.

Special Needs Retirement Fund

Retireed leaders of this church often face financial hardship.  The Special NeedsRetirement fund helps provide additional income to eligible retired leaders and their spouses to pay for food and housing.

Ministries in Chaplaincy, Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Education

Women of the ELCA

To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.

  • General Ministry: Women Helping Women

  • Katie's Fund

  • Health Initiative: Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls

  • Scholarship Program

  • Grants Program

Advocacy Ministries of the ELCA

Sharing stories and your voices about public policies and relevant advocacy issues that are of interest to you.

Word and Service Ministry

Significant ministries are being carried out on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America through the service of almost 900 active leaders who are called to serve as associates in ministry, deaconesses, and diaconal ministers.

Campus Ministry

A ministry to young adults on campuses.

Mission Advencement

Shares the ELCA's message of God's love to all audiences, across all media, and direct efforts for support of the ELCA through major gifts, appeals and planned giving.

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