Resources For Congregational Ministry

Resources for church lay leaders and congregational life.

Augsburg Fortress

As the ministry of publishing for the ELCA, we are dedicated to serving you with top quality Christian materials that communicate the Gospel, enhance faith, and enrich the life of the Church and the communities it serves.

Best Practices for Stewardship Consultations

Consultations for congregations wishing to gather for tips and planning time for their Fall Financial Stewardship emphasis are available through the Synod Office.

Bridgebuilder Ministry

Bridgebuilder is a process developed by Peter Steinke to aid congregations who are feeling stuck. Through the consultation process the congregational leadership usually identifies three to five significant issues facing the congregation. These are issues which, if unaddressed, might stand in the way of the mission and ministry of the congregation being fully realized.

Claimed, Gathered, Sent: A Guide for Conversation

Claimed, Gathered, Sent: A Guide For Conversation includes this leader guide and five handouts, each outlining a process for conversation. The first four handouts focus on one of the emphases Presiding Bishop Eaton has identified for the ELCA: We are church, we are Lutheran, we are church together, we are church for the sake of the world.

E-Communication Made E-Z

Website, newsletter, and email tips from Calvary Lutheran Church of Perham.

ELCA Good Gifts

With more than 50 different giving options–from ten little chicks to help a family escape poverty to a scholarship to help a young leader attend seminary–it’s easy and fun to give meaningful, “make a difference” gifts that help support to ELCA ministries.

ELCA Stewardship Resources

A variety of books, videos, stories, worship resources, and more on communicating and cultivating stewardship in your congregation year-round.

Encourage Giving to Your Congregational Endowment Fund

The central role of the mission endowment fund is to enhance the mission outreach of the congregation by introducing members to “asset stewardship” and encouraging their growth in whole-life giving. Leadership can focus on their role through these four actions—educate, encourage, enlist, and excite. In the pdf below, you will find ideas and resources to help your congregation grow its endowment fund throughout the year in order that mission outreach programs may reach others in Christ’s name.

Five Gifts of Discipleship

www.elca.org/faithpractices This link directs you to several Faith Practices resources that might be useful for your ministry setting as you strive to create followers of Christ who are committed to growing in faith, love and obedience to God’s will.  The “Five Gifts of Discipleship” resources highlight the current Faith Practices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church […]

Guidelines for Writing Synod Assembly Resolutions

The following information will help you prepare resolutions for consideration at the assembly.