Stories of Faith in Action is a free, annual publication that highlights how God is changing lives through Mission Support, the percentage of your congregational offering that is shared with your synod and your churchwide organization. Read and share stories from around this church by ordering free copies of Stories of Faith in Action today! All you have to cover is shipping. Check out additional resources at http://elca.org/Resources/Stories-of-Faith-in-Action.
This DVD tells the story of Lutheran revival. This 23-minute video, narrated by former ELCA Presiding Bishop H. George Anderson, tracks prayer and revival in the Bible, in Lutheran history, and in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America today.
In this video, viewers hear from:
Bible scholars from ELCA colleges and seminaries who tell the history of God's reviving work in the church
ELCA pastors who have witnessed revival in congregational life
ELCA members who tell their stories of revival
To explore what revival means in a Lutheran context, viewers will:
journey to Germany to see Lutheran roots for a revival tradition
witness a revival in a Lutheran congregation in Ohio
see the Spirit alive in congregations in East Brooklyn
"Welcome, Welcome: Guide to Ministry with Asian Members." In the 21st century, we need more than ever to develop our awareness, knowledge, and skills in ministry across cultures. "Welcome, Welcome" offers an overview on how to make your English-speaking congregation a truly welcoming place for Asian people. This guidebook is for English-speaking congregations who want to strengthen and retain Asian membership in areas where Asian populations are not large. This resource is a concise and practical guide to building relationships with this growing population of God's people in the United States.
The strategy presents the ELCA Asian and Pacific Islander community's vision for the 21st century. The vision is to grow in strength for ministry, using God's gifts of culture, language and heritage to share God's love in a multicultural world. Currently this involves emphases on congregational development, membership, leadership and resource development, social ministry, stewardship and Asian homeland ministries.
"Breaking the Bonds" is an internalized racial oppression resource. Facilitators of this process would lead individuals through a process that will help them to get in touch with the negative messages they have internalized about themselves and others over the years from the oppressive system of racism.
Here's a valuable resource designed to help families and congregations consider the spiritual implications of adopting across cultures. This book includes moving stories by adopted people and adoptive parents who live at the intersection of faith and adoption. The experiences of their lives honestly reveal the joy and pain that unfold through the process of adopting and being adopted.
The recommended actions are for the ELCA's participation in the continuing journey of African descent Lutheran ministry. This strategy is a living document intended to stir imagination and ministry initiatives beyond what is presented on its pages.
The Arab ministry strategy seeks ways to invite Arabs and Middle Easterners into the Lutheran expression of the body of Christ through biblical hospitality (Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:2) and in the spirit of Jesus’ admonition that the neighbors we are called to love and serve all our fellow human beings.
A practical, "how to" field guide to cross-cultural conversation and moral deliberation for congregations, judicatories, and other groups and organizations in which religious commitments and perspectives are included in the conversation. Includes specific information on 20 cultural groups in the U.S.
Use this resource in conjunction with "Renewing the Passion: A Guide to Spiritual Revival" to inspire your congregation to offer special services of renewal and revival. Our hope is for an awakening epoch that will revive the gifts given at Holy Baptism; our prayer is for an era of commitment and outreach that will impact every aspect of the ELCA.
Este manual muestra diferentes perspectivas, maneras y formas de cómo responder afectivamente al llamado a actuar. El manual examina el concepto del despertar de nuestra identidad en la Iglesia Luterana, y nos ofrece estudios bíblicos con sus formatos de planificación, y varios modelos de oración. Además, provee diferentes modelos de adoración para la renovación espiritual.
The recommended goals and strategies by which the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America can become effective in its ministry with American Indians and Alaska Natives. The plan guides the ELCA, as we work on behalf of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
This leader's guide lays out a framework for conducting basic cultural awareness workshops. Designed to provide facilitators with information, exercises, experiences and process points that will help participants in dealing with people and situations that are different from their ethnic, racial and cultural group experiences.
Please note: this resource comes bundled in packs of 3.
Living the Faith is a compilation of stories, advice and reflections about creating and nurturing multicultural relationships, for individuals and congregations seeking to reach out to people whose race is different than their own. Presented in five sections, it is particularly well suited for adult forums or other groups that meet regularly. Includes exercises that help shed light on how you understand that faith transcends culture, and through our shared faith in Christ, it’s relatively easy to share friendships across cultures.
Praying for Renewal gathers the stories of faithful people who are grounded in the Scripture. This intimate relationship with God's living word has led them to struggle with deep issues of faith through the gift of prayer. This thought-provoking resource may inspire you to deepen your prayer life while guiding you to spiritual renewal.
This manual shows the several perspectives on how we can best fulfill the call to action. It examines the history of the “Awakening Identity” in the Lutheran church, offers Bible studies along with planning tools and prayer and prayer models. It also provides different models of worship to experience spiritual renewal.