Faith Lutheran Church Swanburg is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is an organization made up of many churches and approximately four million members. We have a great deal to be proud of as a member of this church. There are many things that we do very well as we all work together.
Our relationship with the ELCA can be understood as a missional partnership. This partnership is strengthened when the values of Faith Lutheran and the values of the ELCA are in cadence. Our efforts in mission and ministry are far greater when we can work together.
The ELCA is not a top-down organization, but rather seeks to let the local congregation lead. As initiatives that meet the goals of this congregation arise in the ELCA, we join in their efforts. If there are initiatives that do not align with our intent and mission, we will not participate.
Faith Lutheran has a long history of working within the synod and the wider ELCA community. The relationship between Faith Lutheran and the ELCA is a good, fluid partnership in mission.
This Church – Bishop Tom Aitken, Northeastern MN Synod ELCA