The Organizing Community

Congregation-based organizing puts people of faith into partnership with a diverse array of groups in the broader community that use the same set of organizing principles and tools for relationship building, organizational and leadership development and social change. In the ELCA, hundreds of our congregations are active in local, regional and national organizing efforts.

Congregation-based organizing is an effective way for people of faith to interact –- and take collective action –- with partners from a wide spectrum of faith traditions. The ELCA is a church that is a catalyst, convener and bridge builder. This church has become a force for connection, working across denominations, faiths and organizations. Local organizing groups strive to include Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Unitarian congregations, as well as other spiritually motivated or values-based groups. Click here to link to our partner organization, Interfaith Funders, with membership and activity across this wide array of partners.

Many congregations involved in organizing collaborate with other faith groups to form local affiliates of national or regional organizing networks. Six such networks are introduced here, with links to their organizational websites.