New to the ELCA?Welcome to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is a church of about 4 million members who actively participate in God’s work in the world. We believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
CongregationsA congregation is a diverse community of believers who gather for worship, exploring God’s word together, mutual care and support, and equipping one another to live and serve in the world.
Lay LeadersWe believe that we all have a calling — a vocation — to follow Christ’s example of serving and loving our neighbor, pursuing justice and peace in the world. The ways in which lay leaders serve this church, their
Rostered MinistersRostered ministers are called, equipped and theologically trained to serve in the ELCA on a roster (or list) to do God’s work in the world. Rostered ministers include those on the word and sacrament and the word and service rosters.
The ELCA stands against all forms of hatred and discrimination.
Kate Koob was held hostage for 444 days during the Iranian hostage crisis. She has worked as a U.S. Foreign Service officer and as an adjunct professor at Wartburg College. Kate is featured in “I’m a Lutheran” and is a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa.
We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person--questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.
ELCA Churchwide Ministries
8765 W Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631