Mission Support

Mission Support: Doing What Matters to God

12assemblylogocmedMission support (previously known as benevolence) describes the portion of weekly offerings given by your congregation that is shared for synodical and churchwide mission and ministries beyond the local congregation. These offerings provide more than 76 percent of the resources that are used to fund the mission and ministry that we do together in partnership.

Mission is a broad term used to describe all the ministries of this church, not just those involving ELCA missionaries who work with our Lutheran partners around the world. Mission is carried out in our neighborhoods as well as across our town and across the globe.

Support is the portion of members’ offerings that makes all synodical and churchwide ministries possible, here at home and abroad. When your congregation designates a portion of your weekly offering to be set aside for Mission Support, what do those dollars do? In this video see how your Mission support offering is making a difference in the ELCA. Also, remember that a portion of your Mission Support offering stays here at the synod to help ministries here.

Our financial generosity is an expression of our love for God, for our neighbor and for ourselves. We are new people in Christ: compassionate and eager to share. We do God’s work in ways that no individual, congregation or synod can do alone.

Mission Support Information

2021 Statement of Intent to be used within congregations across the Northeastern PA Synod.

Thank your congregation for their 2020 mission support giving. This bulletin insert can also be adapted to use with your website, social media or newsletter. Word Document or PDF.

A video is available to share with members to thank them for their generous support in 2020.

You can also thank them in print. Here is the Synod version and an ELCA version.

Helping your congregation increase their understanding of how they are touching the world can be accomplished by hearing stories that will connect them with the different ministries they are supporting. These resources can help keep your congregation excited about how God is changing and impacting people’s lives.

Videos from Online Assembly 2020

Interwoven Generational Ministry
God’s Garden of Grace
We are Church Together
Bear Creek Camp is on the Move

ELCA  “Thank You” for Mission Support during the time of pandemic

“Where Does Your Offering Go?” Video

”God’s Mission Memos” Devotional Resource

“God’s Mission Memos,” is a devotional booklet created by the Mission Support Table. It was written by Pastors Brandon Heavner and Michael Ware, and is designed to be used with congregational councils and other leadership groups as a devotion on how their mission support giving is helping to do God’s work in the world. Download the Word document. Download the PDF file.

Stories of Faith in Action

Follow this link to read stories of faith in action around the synod and across the ELCA.

The Ministry Borchure 2021 is available as a flipbook or a pdf file to share stories from around the synod about how our mission support giving is making a difference for God.

The ELCA also has a resource, Stories of Faith in Action 2020-21, that tells the story of how your offering is put to work by the ELCA churchwide office throughout the United States and around the world.  Also, you will find here videos and other resources to help you share with your congregations. There’s an accompanying guide to the resource, Four Ways to Use “Stories of Faith in Action” in Your Congregation.

ELCA Global Church

You can use the  ELCA Global Links newsletter to raise awareness of ELCA Missionaries, Young Adults in Global Mission, International Leaders and Global Ministries.

Bulletin Inserts

You can use these bulletin inserts to communicate during the year how the congregation’s Mission Support giving is being used. Northern Berks Community GardenSt. John Windish VBSHope’s TableMission Support insertHelping Hands in Kentucky insertHot Dog Ministry in BethlehemWomen’s Resource Center in MontroseBackpacks for ChildrenBear Creek Camp ConfirmandsM.A.D. H.O.P.E Summer Youth Program, Trinity, Wernersville Honduras Mission Trip, God in a Parking LotA Returning Marine at SeminaryGrace, Reading Back to School Giveaway. Open Arms Senior Connection, and Trinity Wernersville Puerto Rico Mission Trip. Additional bulletin inserts are available on the ELCA Stories of Faith in Action page.

Download a helpful “Fact Sheet” for use in your congregation.

Mission Support Remittance Form

Mission Interpreter Program

The Mission Interpreter Program provides resources and training to active members of local congregations of the ELCA who tell stories of how people’s lives are changed through the ministry we do together.

Mission Interpreters tell the story. They are making Christ known by sharing the excitement of our global and churchwide mission and ministry with their own and other congregations.

For information about the program, contact Georgia Suranofsky by email or call 610-703-0638.