From a Lay Leader's Desk

A series of opinion articles from lay leaders in our synod.



Oct 08, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,

“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.” (2 Corinthians 8:12)

As Lutherans, stories are the foundation of our faith. They teach us how to serve God with humility. They remind us of our connection to God’s beloved kin-dom. They bring us together and give us hope for the future.

As excerpted above, in 2 Corinthians, Paul communicates with the church at Corinth to encourage them to provide missional support, but moreover to celebrate with willingness and joy, the opportunity and “…privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints.”

Despite the challenges of 2020, Stories of Faith in Action illustrates how God is still at work across the ELCA, thanks to your generosity. Within these pages, you will meet ELCA leaders, congregations and global partners with similar stories, and those stories are filled with hope for the future. 

The latest edition is now available digitally, and includes a special message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, and your 2019 financial report on Mission Support, highlighting how your offerings are at work. Your congregation shares with our synod, and our synod shares with the churchwide organization, nurtures vital congregations, empowers local leaders, and grows the global church. 

Most importantly, it’s one way we say thank you for your faithful generosity. Mission Support is essential to our vital presence and the life-changing work in our communities.

Additionally, you can click HERE today to download: 
  • A printable PDF of Stories of Faith in Action for use in your congregation.
  • Nine one-page story printables to share in meetings, emails or via social media. #ELCACHURCHTOGETHER
  • Three videos associated with stories from this edition.
In closing, please accept the 2020-2021 Stories of Faith in Action as a gesture of our appreciation. May it give you hope, challenge your collective creativity, remind you of the gift of our diversity and inspire new ministry. 

We are grateful for the generosity from within our church, in order to be a gift to the world without. Thank you!

In Christ,
Mr. Branden Dupree
Assistant to the Bishop/Director for Evangelical Mission