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ELCA Directory is now online

The 2018 ELCA Yearbook is now online and known as the ELCA Directory. Just as the printing press changed the world during Martin Luther’s time, so are the digitization of data and the internet changing the way we publish and access information. This digital online solution will provide the same content as the ELCA Yearbook with added features of accessing the information from any computer (including mobile devices), filtering and annual reporting. Find this free resource at

Browse directory.

Living Lutheran: ‘Form a faithful foundation’

The January Living Lutheran cover story centers on the topic of faith formation as it relates to leadership and how our baptismal covenant is one way to explore this. Faith formation is a lifelong process that “doesn’t start in Sunday school and end in confirmation; it starts with our birth and ends in our burial,” said Amy Santoriello, a deacon and director of faith formation and outreach at Zion Lutheran Church, Penn Hills, Pa. Martin Luther taught that through baptism, Christians have a holy calling, a vocation, from God, and this is where leadership begins.

Read the full article.

Bishop Younan honored

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton joined international Lutheran leaders and dignitaries from Palestine and Jordan to celebrate Bishop Munib Younan’s 42 years of service to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).

Prior to his 20 years as bishop of the ELCJHL, Younan served the church as youth pastor and pastor of three ELCJHL churches. He also served as president of The Lutheran World Federation from 2010 to 2017. More than 500 guests attended the celebration at the Convention Palace in Bethlehem, including ecumenical representatives, international organizations and inter-religious attendees.

"For the office may be passed on, and the Evangelical Lutheran bishop may retire according to the constitution of the church, but the call to serve the gospel of love cannot retire," Younan said.

Sani Ibrahim Charlie “Barhoum” Azar was installed as the fourth bishop of the ELCJHL.

View event photos.


"Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative"

How will you lead?


ELCA Youth Gathering
Regular rate deadline

Young Adults in Global Mission
Application deadline for 2018-19

March to end racism
Washington, D.C.

"God's work. Our hands." Sunday
Day of service



Action Guide for Congregations
— Lent 2018

Join the fight against hunger and poverty with a special focus on Lent 2018 and ELCA World Hunger's 40 Days of Giving initiative.


Why don’t we use alleluias during Lent?
Learn about the background of why the church omits this word during Lent and why some congregations “bury” it.


New resource tab for International Women Leaders

Find a planning booklet, video and bulletin inserts to support International Women Leaders.



These snippets are available for you to copy and paste into your bulletins.

40 Days of Giving
Coming soon! The 40 Days of Giving is a way for ELCA members to support this church’s hunger and poverty ministry during Lent. Choose one of five ELCA World Hunger programs that urgently need support, and walk alongside our neighbors as they address hunger in their communities. Online giving is open from Ash Wednesday through Easter. Learn more and plan your congregation’s activities at

Living Lutheran study guides available
Every month there are two study guides posted on that accompany stories in the print issue. The study guides are designed to spark group discussion about topics that relate to articles in the magazine. You can find and download the free study guides from under the “Spiritual practices and resources” tab.

ELCA Foundation reorganization
At its November 2017 meeting, the ELCA Church Council adopted several actions on the reorganization of the ELCA Foundation, including the approval of additional responsibilities for the Endowment Fund of the ELCA and transferring the foundation’s activities to the fund as of Jan. 1, 2018. The approval followed a presentation by the chair of the Task Force on the Structure and Governance of the ELCA Foundation, which was established by the council at its November 2016 meeting. Some of the benefits of the transfer include improved governance, expanded investment and financial oversight, increased transparency to current and prospective donors, financial sustainability and legal-risk mitigation. Learn more at

Save the date! "God’s work. Our hands." Sunday 2018
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday will be Sept. 9. This annual day of service is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the ELCA—one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. You work every day to make your community a better place. Let’s continue doing this work together in 2018. Start planning at


As we enter the final year of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, we're looking to the future of this church by highlighting the campaign’s Leadership priority, including the ELCA Fund for Leaders and Youth and Young Adults. Please join us!

In early January, your congregation received a kickoff packet, including a bulletin insert and poster, you can use to start sharing the work of the campaign and these programs. The seasons of Epiphany and Lent are excellent times to clearly state how important leadership is in our congregations.

In the spring you will receive information on a new initiative, launching in September, to help us celebrate the leaders in our congregations while supporting the next generation of leaders through the ELCA Fund for Leaders and Youth and Young Adults ministry. If you'd like additional information or have questions, please visit the campaign annual themes page, call 800-638-3522, ext. 2612, or email us at



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