Worship Resources for HIV/AIDS Awareness

As Lutherans, we believe in the power of prayer. We believe in the power of song, of the gospel, of community. We believe in the power of worship. There is power in calling upon God to touch the lives of people or groups who society has stigmatized or ignored by name. There is power in […]

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

Rejoicing Spirits

Rejoicing Spirits is an innovative ministry that works to enrich the faith lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends, and other supportive community members. Unfortunately people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to inclusion and leadership in our faith communities. Most churches have done significant work in adapting buildings […]

Refugee Sunday

In 1939, Lutherans all across the United States banded together to reach out to assist Lutheran refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. Creating Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) to organize their efforts, they welcomed these new Americans and walked with them as they began their new lives in the United States. Today, LIRS has directly resettled […]

Lutheran Guide to Advocate: LGBTQ People in Church Society

The Lutheran Guide to Advocate contains resources and tools for Lutherans as they create space for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions in our church and in our society. This resource is a starting point for you and your Lutheran faith community as it seeks to advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, […]

Work Out Process

LEAD’s Work Out Process is a ten-step program undertaken by a congregation to accompany leaders as they deepen their theological understanding, expand relationships beyond their comfort zones, and recognize the gifts, resources, assets, and humanity of all people. A connecting team will lead the process in the congregation by first moving through the steps themselves and then […]

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 […]

Introduction to Conversations about HIV/AIDS

Inspired by ReconcilingWorks’ engagement at the 21st International AIDS Conference in July, this new conversation resource will help your Reconciling in Christ (RIC) community discern how to be a more hospitable space for those living with HIV and AIDS. It is a reflection guide and is provided as an entry point to deepen and expand an […]

White Privilege

White Privilege: Let’s Talk is a resource for transformational dialogue that helps you in this ongoing sacred conversation on race, focusing special attention on white privilege on its manifestations and impact. This adult curriculum is designed to invite members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race. The white privilege curriculum, a […]