Future Directions

Called forward together in Christ

ELCA Future Directions 2025 Goals

Propelled by a commitment to Lutheran traditions and to being a community of faith that is always forming and being renewed, the ELCA’s presiding bishop, Church Council and Conference of Bishops initiated Called Forward Together in Christ in late 2015. The process sought to engage the ELCA in conversation about future directions so that the Church Council might reach decisions that help this church journey faithfully and effectively together in the years ahead.


The five goals

ELCA Future Directions 2025 goals and priority areas for the ELCA as a whole church. These are based in a shared trust and hope that the future is in God’s hands. And they express what this church has collectively said is important into the future.

A Thriving Church

Future Directions Goal 1
Goal one

A thriving church spreading the gospel and deepening faith for all.

Priority action areas

An Equipping Church

Future Directions Goal 2
Goal two

A church equipping people for their baptismal vocations in the world and this church.

Priority action areas

A Welcoming Church

Future Directions Goal 3
Goal three

An inviting and welcoming church that reflects and embraces the diversity of our communities and the gifts and opportunities that diversity brings.

Priority action areas

A Deeply Committed Church

Future Directions Goal 4
Goal four

A visible church deeply committed to working ecumenically and with other people of faith for justice, peace and reconciliation in communities and around the world.

Priority action areas

A Well-Governed Connected Church

Future Directions Goal 5
Goal five

A well-governed, connected and sustainable church.

Priority action areas

Booklet Future paper 2025CALLED FORWARD TOGETHER IN CHRIST: ELCA Future Directions 2025

”It’s not only the job of our seminaries and universities to identify and raise up leaders in the church. This is something that belongs to all of us.”

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton