ELCA Global Missions
The church does not have a mission—the mission of God has a church! God is in charge of God’s mission to the world. The ELCA’s tagline, “God’s work, our hands” unfolds this understanding. God drives the mission, and invites us into relationship to love and serve one another. With hundreds of other church bodies that collaborate in mission, the ELCA joyfully accepts God’s invitation. Through our hands, heart, and feet, God creates and nurtures the relationships that are instruments for reconciliation in God’s creation.
ELCA Global Mission’s overall goal is to increase the capacity of both the ELCA and its companions in other countries to participate in God’s reconciling mission through proclamation and service.
The ELCA is part of the global “family” of 141 Lutheran churches that belong to the Lutheran World Federation. Within our global family, the ELCA has deeper, more intentional, bilaterial “companion church” relationships with many of these national Lutheran church bodies. The ELCA Global Mission unit is responsible for the ELCA’s mission outside the United States, and serves as the channel through which churches in other countries engage in mission to our church.
The ELCA’s global relationships are deepened by the ELCA Companion Synods Program, which pairs ELCA Synods with companion church bodies and dioceses around the world. This means that thousands of ELCA members are also engaged in global relationships through their congregations and synods, visiting one another, providing the roofs of new church buildings, inviting choirs to visit, making quilts, and more.
Our ELCA Missionary Sponsorship—Steve & Bethany Friberg
Steven and Bethany (left side of photo) and their family are serving in Tanzania. Steve is a doctor who works in medial clinics that serve nomadic Maasai people in remote areas. Bethany works with the "Bead Ladies"--Maasai women who have a small business of creating beadwork to provide a means of supporting themselves and their families.