Mission Support: Doing What Matters to God
Mission 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.
Ways to Encourage Mission Support
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. The resources below can help keep your congregation excited about how God is changing and impacting people’s lives.
Videos from Online Assembly 2020
”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.
Follow this link to read stories of faith in action around the synod and across the ELCA.
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.
You can use the ELCA Global Links newsletter to raise awareness of ELCA Missionaries, Young Adults in Global Mission, International Leaders and Global Ministries.
You can use these bulletin inserts to communicate during the year how the congregation’s Mission Support giving is being used. Northern Berks Community Garden. St. John Windish VBS. Hope’s Table. Mission Support insert. Helping Hands in Kentucky insert, Hot Dog Ministry in Bethlehem, Women’s Resource Center in Montrose, Backpacks for Children, Bear Creek Camp Confirmands, M.A.D. H.O.P.E Summer Youth Program, Trinity, Wernersville Honduras Mission Trip, God in a Parking Lot, A Returning Marine at Seminary, Grace, 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 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.