“A picture is worth a thousand words” is a cliché, but it’s true.   Nobody wants to read a bunch of text with no images on your church website, Social Media site, or even your printed newsletter. Hopefully by now all of us know that we cannot photocopy and print music and worship material to use […]

Often Synod Staff get questions like “What should we put in our Little Free Pantry?” “Where can I find the updates to the Model Constitution?” or “How can I find out what passed at the Synod Assembly?”  Of course we are happy to help and answer any questions you may have, but you can find […]

Bishop Steven and Ruth Ullestad will match dollar for dollar any gift given to the H. George Anderson Fund for Leaders by Dec. 31, 2019, up to $10,000.   The Ullestads are fully aware of the churchwide shortage of pastors and deacons, and the impact that seminary scholarships will have on the future of the […]

  In August hundreds of pastors, congregational leaders, and mission developers gathered in Maryland with Directors of Evangelical Mission and other Churchwide Staff for a week of learning, support, and inspiration focused around cultivating Congregational Vitality.   In 2017 the ELCA Church Council adopted Future Directions 2025 which outlines the goals and priorities of the […]

Saturday some 900 voting members from ELCA congregations around the country wrapped up a week of business, worship and learning as they ended the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. Although there was some frustration that there wasn’t time to address all the memorials that had come to the assembly (these will be addressed by the Churchwide Council), […]

This week ELCA members from around the country gathered in Milwaukee for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly.   The event began Monday afternoon with opening worship.  The first plenary session was held that evening where the first ballot was taken for election of the Presiding Bishop.  The next morning that ballot was declared invalid due to […]