Reconciling in Christ

The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations. Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ roster which now exceeds 600 settings. Most groups start the process of consideration by engaging in a study program or series of educational […]

Building an Inclusive Church

A good way to begin the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) conversation is through the Building an Inclusive Church toolkit and training. A Building an Inclusive Church (BIC) training helps you design and implement a journey for your congregation to publicly and intentionally welcome people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Building an Inclusive Church equips you with […]

Easter Communication Tools

This Easter, there is a place for everyone to sing, worship, and celebrate Christ’s resurrection, and your congregation can extend this invitation of welcome to neighbors and the surrounding community. Churchwide has developed Easter communication tools, such as posters, postcards, and door hangers that can be customized with your congregation’s worship times and information. Place […]

Evangelism Basics

What are some basic things that your congregation can do to be more welcoming and invite people to participate in a relationship with God?  These videos are taken from an Evangelism workshop just to help you get started with ideas to spark ideas and creativity for your congregation. Prayer Personal Awareness Hospitality Follow Up

Unwelcome

Walking into a church for the first time can be scary. Are you making your first-time guests feel welcome? Or are you driving them away—unintentionally—with bad signage, reserved seating, clunky communication, and more? Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors examines 50 ways churches make first-time visitors feel unwelcome. The transgressions range from insider lingo to […]

Welcome One Another

We once believed that as a majority culture in North America everyone knew all there was to know about a church and its surroundings. This certainly is no longer true in a post-Christian North American culture. Most people in our towns and cities, in the neighborhoods, and surrounding countryside of our church properties are completely […]

From Where I Sit

Have you ever tried to talk about a major issue in society or the world with your family members or friends? Was it a positive experience? Or did the conversation turn into a debate or argument with polar opposite views, anger, and frustration? If you found yourself nodding your head in agreement with the last […]

Together by Grace

Courageous. Trailblazing. Diverse. Action-oriented. When people think of the various Christian churches, those words might not be ones they attach to the Lutherans—but they should be! Yes, they have roots in northern Europe, but the people called Lutherans offer liberating insights into Christian faith, encompass a worldwide reach, and tell a story that goes back […]

Claimed, Gathered, Sent – A Guide for Conversation

Our presiding bishop is working with a task force to reflect on the nature and purpose of the church, especially in relation to our global and ecumenical commitments to other church bodies. The review has prompted this group to ask you – leaders, members, and friends of ELCA congregations – what you think about this […]

Tune In Process

Calling people of faith into the neighborhood and world. LEAD’s Tune In Process is a ten-step program undertaken by a congregation to listen to God in scripture and prayer, in the congregation, and out in the neighborhood. A listening team guides the process which includes periods of active listening followed by reflection. Regardless of size or […]