What Do Mission Interpreters Do?
Mission Interpreters are volunteers from congregations in each synod of the ELCA who go to their local churches to tell the story of how our offerings and gifts are transformed into effective ministries. They remind us of how we make a difference in Christ’s mission and the work of the church, and they thank our people for their faithful giving.
This is primarily done through temple talks, visits with councils and committees, or church newsletters. They share information, provide resources, and give guidance on doing God’s work at the congregational, synodical, and churchwide levels.
What are the Qualifications?
- Be faith-filled, loving Christ and the church
- Be knowledgeable about the ELCA
- Be an active member of a congregation
- Be a strong steward
- Be willing to attend training sessions
Mission Interpreters Receive:
- Resource Materials
- Training workshops
- Facebook page to share ideas and information
When members understand their identity as partners in a wider church, they become strong advocates supporting the mission and ministry we share- beyond the congregations, through the synod, and then on through the churchwide organization. The Mission Interpreter Ministry helps congregations by increasing the understanding of the work we do together beyond the congregation. By looking beyond the congregation, members see how they are personally connected to mission and ministry around the world! “Mission minded” congregations are growing in membership and spirit!
Give voice to your call.
Talk to your pastor, youth director, music minister, or another church leader about your own call as a baptized child of God. The church is calling for leaders. If God is nudging you forward, contact your synod office.
Gifts of Ministry
All of God’s people have gifts for ministry — the work of the faithful. The question to consider is “Which gifts do I have, and how will I use them?” The following gifts seem to be especially important for our rostered leaders:
- A love for Jesus Christ
- Grace-filled living
- A passion for justice
- Compassion for God’s people
- Self- awareness
- Leadership gifts
- The ability to learn and share the faith
- A capacity for critical reflection
Telling the story of our hands doing God’s work in the world.