October 24, 2018

Mission Support: Faith in Action

Did you know that Mission Support — the offerings your congregation shares with the synod and the churchwide organization — helps put faith into action locally, nationally, and globally?

Mission Support provides most of the funding to support the work of the Office of the Bishop. Your gifts help us to identify and nurture future rostered ministers and to guide congregations through the search for their next pastors. You make it possible for us to publish this website and our e-newsletter, to offer the Brave New Church initiative, to send Anti-Racism training teams to work with congregations, to bring hundreds of youth together for SHYG, JYG, and servant trips — and so much more.

Fifty cents of each dollar given to Mission Support is spent locally. The rest is passed on to the ELCA churchwide organization for its national and global ministries.

As members of the ELCA, our faith in a loving God frees us to be generous and to boldly participate in God’s work in the world. Stewardship is no longer simply about paying the church’s bills. It is about how congregations can together live out God’s call to love our neighbor. We are open to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to participate in and contribute to God’s work in the world using all of the gifts that God has entrusted to our care. Mission Support unites us in this vital, life-giving work.

Mission Support provides 80 percent of the resources to enable the ELCA to begin new ministries and accompany existing congregations as growing centers for evangelical mission. These funds also provide the staff and resources for the development of new leaders, partnership with churches around the globe, alleviating poverty, working for justice and peace, and more.