The ELCA Fund for Leaders was created by an action of the 1997 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, and provided its first scholarships in 2000. Since then, the program has supported over 1,000 qualified candidates with more than $25 million in scholarship support.
Our “alums” — past recipients of scholarships — are now serving congregations and organizations across the ELCA and around the world. These pastors and deacons were able to accept calls where they were needed most, free from the concern of paying burdensome student loans.
The long-range goal for the ELCA Fund for Leaders is to provide full-tuition support for every candidate at an ELCA seminary. Achieving this goal will not only have an impact on those who receive scholarships, it will help the whole church because excellent leaders will be able to follow the call to rostered ministry and will positively impact those they serve. We are a church that believes Jesus is God’s “yes” to us. Our lives can be a “yes” to others.