Resources For Congregational Ministry

Resources for church lay leaders and congregational life.

Hunger Resources for Lent

This Lent, ELCA World Hunger invites you and your congregation to to follow Jesus into the wilderness and to reflect on your own journey into the places of the world where we encounter human need, abuse of power, risk and God’s grace.

Lay School for Theology (Luther)

The Lay School of Theology at Luther Seminary is a program of informal, non-credit classes taught by seminary professors for lay persons who want to learn more about matters that relate to their Christian faith and life.

Lent 2012: A Season for Prayer and Renewal

This resource can be used during the season of Lent to help congregations engage in a time of prayerful discovery of their purpose in God’s mission.

Lenten Dramas

John Nordstrom, of Trinity Lutheran in Pelican Rapids, created dramas to go with the new Lenten Resource for Congregations put together by the New and Renewing Mission Table. He is graciously making these dramas available to congregations who wish to make good use of them.

Macedonia Project

Through a grant from ELCA Stewardship, the Northwestern MN Synod has four trained “Good Stewardship Conversation Leaders” available to meet with church councils, stewardship committees or congregational gatherings to have good conversations about stewardship that will benefit your congregation’s faith and life and sense of serving Christ’s mission in your community and beyond.

Make it Simple

A congregational stewardship resource to assist you in stewardship education–about simplicity and generosity–and in conducting a response method by which you collect congregation members’ commitments to support financially God’s mission in your midst.

Mission and Stewardship Tools

The Director of Evangelical Mission for the SW Pennsylvania Synod, Pastor Blair Morgan, has written 46 one-page articles on stewardship and 54 articles focused on mission for their synod newsletter. You are invited to use them in your congregations.

Mission Support Update Letters

Quarterly updates regarding the synod’s mission support fund written by the Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship.

MissionFuture4KIDZ Baptismal Investment

When a congregation becomes a MissionFuture4KIDZ congregation exciting things can happen when their congregation gives a MissionFuture4KIDZ invest to every child baptized at its font. The Mission Investment Fund uses the invested monies to provide low-interest loans to new mission congregations for purchases of land and construction of initial church buildings and loans to established ELCA congregations for relocation, expansion and renovation projects. 

Money Meaning and Faith

The Money, Meaning and Faith Event on Oct. 26th was just the beginning of our synod’s lifting up the resources of Nathan Dungan and his organization Share, Save, Spend. These resources are powerful tools for congregational groups, youth and family ministries, parents and households.