“God’s work. Our hands.” These four words tell this church’s story succinctly. The ELCA's mission and vision
details how members of this church live out that mission. Visit Office of the Presiding Bishop
to learn more about the ELCA's plan for mission.
The ELCA is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service, and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God's grace in our lives. Learn more about What We Believe
Bringing color to the dry season in Senegal,
the daughters of ELCA missionaries the
Rev. Dirk and Sarah Stadtlander invite their
Senegalese friends to beautify their garden
wall. They serve among the Fulani people.
Learn more about ELCA missionaries.
We also work hard to put our faith into action. In today’s complex world, we strive to make a difference in practical, realistic ways.With more than 10,300 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 4.5 million members—we welcome you to experience this church right in your community.
The ELCA is organized into geographical units called synods. Christ the Savior Lutheran Church is a member of the Indiana - Kentucky Synod which is led by Bishop Bill Gafkjen. Read the October I-K newsletter.
Indianapolis Conference Newsletter
ELCA Formed in 1982
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(ELCA) was formed by the union of three North American Lutheran church bodies in 1982:
- American Lutheran Church
- Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches
- Lutheran Church in America
The ELCA, along with other Lutheran churches, can trace its roots directly to the Protestant Reformation that took place in Europe in the 16th century. Martin Luther, a German monk, became aware of differences between the Bible and church practices of the day. His writings, lectures and sermons inspired others to protest church practices and call for reform. Learn more about Martin Luther.
Quick Facts About the ELCA
Faith in Action
Every day, in a million ways, members of the ELCA are making the world a better place. In far reaches of the globe, and right here in our neighborhood, you’ll see that Lutherans aren’t folks who simply talk about their beliefs. We put them into action. So make a meal to share. Have your opinion on government policy heard. Help a friend through their time of need. Read stories that inspire and learn how you can get involved.
Growing in Faith
"Daily Discipleship" a free, online, downloadable, lectionary Bible study. Download it from the ELCA Daily Discipleship
Web archive and discuss with your small group. Read more about Growing in Faith
Another resource available for those growingin faith is Daily Grace
an on-the-go companion for your journey featuring daily readings, reflections, prayers and connections to the liturgical calendar. This app for iPhone created by Women of the ELCA
will help you encounter God’s extravagant, boundless and often surprising grace as you take time to reflect, offer a prayer and prepare for the day.
ELCA Good Gifts
God's Global Barynyward - Animals provide families living in poverty with food, funds, and fertilizer — all for a better future. Through ELCA Good Gifts, you can make a donation to support the animal-related projects of ELCA World Hunger.
How it works: