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Mission Interpretation Resources

It’s easy to start a mission interpretation ministry in your congregation -- to help people understand where offerings go, and equip them with skills for telling their own stories. These resources can serve as a guide for giving mission moments.

General Mission Interpretation Resources

Tip Sheet
Ideas for effective mission interpretation

Top Five Things to Remember When Giving a Mission Interpreter Presentation
Recommended guidelines for telling a mission interpretation story

Interpreting Mission on a Congregational Level

Tools for Identifying Stories in Your Congregation
How to find stories in your church

How to Tell Your Congregation's Story
A Seeds for the Parish article on storytelling

Telling a Mission Interpretation Story
How to show the difference that giving makes

How Am I Connected to the ELCA? handout
Showing members they are part of a wider church

Interpreting Mission on a Synodical Level

Up-to-date stories from around the synod

MNYS e-letter
A weekly update on synod news and events

Interpreting Mission on a Churchwide Level

Finding Yourself in the Story
Connecting to ministries that seem distant

Stories of Faith in Action
ELCA stories of ministry from across the church

Where Your Offering Goes
Offerings are shared at congregational, synodical, and churchwide levels

Hand in Hand
Blog of ELCA missionary stories

The Lutheran
ELCA magazine, including study guides

Seeds for the Parish
Newspaper detailing resources available from the ELCA

ELCA News Service
Current news headlines from around the church

ELCA Mission Interpretation website
Churchwide library of resources


Sample Tanzania Presentation
A 3-4 minute talk (that can be adapted)

Sample ELCA Hunger Appeal Presentation
A 1-2 minute talk (that can be adapted)

Sample ELCA Global Mission Presentation
Three global mission vignettes

Sample ELCA Global Mission Presentation 2
Story about St. Andrews Refugee Ministry, Cairo

Sample Thank You Presentation
Short talk to show how we are connected as the wider church and thank people for congregational ministry

For more information, contact contact Pr. Lamont Wells, Director for Evangelical Mission, at 212-870-2379 or lwells@mnys.org.


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