Martin Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus set sail from Europe and landed in the Western Hemisphere. Luther was a young monk and priest when Michaelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel in Rome...
Assignment completes candidacy for all people, including those ordained in another Lutheran church or Christian tradition, moving them toward first call and admittance to the appropriate roster in the ELCA...
The ELCA Conference of Bishops' Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Liaison Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by signing a joint statement during a Lutheran-Catholic service of Common Prayer.
Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, and the resulting debate about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity for almost 500 years.
We believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. It’s not the work of a few; we are all called by God through our baptism to participate in what God is up to in the world. Martin Luther once wrote, "…we are all consecrated priests through baptism, as St. Peter says in 1 Peter 2, 'You are a royal priesthood….'" The Lay Schools for Ministry program of the ELCA is a network that exists to equip and support people for ministry and service in the context of their community, congregation and the world.
This growing network of lay schools provides learning opportunities throughout the ELCA in a variety of shapes and sizes, approaches to teaching, program content and the types of ministry they support. Areas of study range from worship leadership, evangelism training and community organizing to programs that encourage participants to think and reflect theologically in every situation, task and challenge they face. This is a network that is always looking for opportunities to support new ideas, learning experiences, audiences and locations where lay schools can best influence the work we do together in the name of Jesus Christ.
The Lay Schools for Ministry program is committed to working with every member of the ELCA, lay and ordained, to support the training and education of lay leaders for God’s work in the world. God has called us to this task of working together to accomplish far more than we can do on our own. And when we gather together to learn, expand our skills and prepare for this shared work, we grow well beyond our own imagination and expectations. That’s how the Holy Spirit works through Lay Schools for Ministry!
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.