WELCA

WELCA is the women’s ministry organization of the ELCA. It is separately incorporated and is not an auxiliary of the church. It is financially independent and responsible for its own financial affairs. Financial support comes from individual and group offerings and gifts.

Our organization includes Lutheran women who gather in more than 7,000 locations in the U.S. and the Caribbean, for service, study, advocacy, fellowship and more! WELCA embraces all kinds of ministries that support our mission of mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. There is a place for you in Women of the ELCA.

OUR PURPOSE STATEMENT

“As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.”


50th Anniversary Women's Ordination

PROCLAIMING

The people of God depended on the gift of God’s Word, delivered by those called to proclaim. Lutherans have strongly emphasized proclamation, often experienced in preaching that reveals our brokenness, reminds us of God’s promises, and raises us to new life. Proclamation also extends beyond preaching to liturgy, sacraments, and group reflection on the Word.

• What role does proclamation play in your community? Who are your proclaiming leaders?


REFORMING

As a Reformation church, the ELCA values change for the sake of the gospel and our neighbor. We trust that the Spirit is always reforming us, removing barriers among us, and creating new ways of embodying God’s love in the world. This is not about perfection, but about faithfulness. Reforming leaders show us what we do not yet see, and call us to action.

• What important reforms have taken place in your congregation or organization? How have leaders played a role in that reform?

CELEBRATING

The biblical texts are full of voices singing God’s praises and telling stories of God’s mighty acts. We echo many of these texts in weekly worship, recounting God’s faithfulness and creativity, reminding one another of God’s promises, and boldly celebrating God’s promised future. Our celebrations of God’s goodness are sung in the company of thousands, and whispered at bedsides. Our celebrations remind us of all that God has done, and teach us to look to the future with hope.

• What is there to celebrate in your community? Who are the leaders who remind you of God’s amazing grace?


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