Stories of Faith in Action

The publication Stories of Faith in Action and the resources that go along with it are designed to share how important your weekly offering in your congregation is in sustaining and growing God’s mission. The portion of your offerings that support the ELCA’s synodical and churchwide ministries is called Mission Support. The publication and resources found here help explain and answer questions about Mission Support and tell the story of those gifts in action.

You can also check out more stories of faith in action at https://www.livinglutheran.org/sofia/.



SOFIA 2021 (Digital)

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SOFIA 2021 (Digital)

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SOFIA 2021 (Print)

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SOFIA 2021 (Print)

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SOFIA 2021 Devotional


SOFIA 2021 Devotional

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SOFIA 2021 How to use


SOFIA 2021 How to use

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Bolstered by relationships


Bolstered by relationships

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Equal in God's kingdom


Equal in God's kingdom

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Evangelism is alive in Malawi


Evangelism is alive in Malawi

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Life of accompaniment


Life of accompaniment

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Living our theology


Living our theology

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Many ways to be connected


Many ways to be connected

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New ways to be faithful


New ways to be faithful

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Space to Abide


Space to Abide

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Where all may dwell


Where all may dwell

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"New Ways to Be Faithful" (2021-22)

Living Christ Lutheran Church in Flagstaff, Ariz. has started making an impact beyond their pews with online outreach.

"New Ways to Be Faithful" (2021-22)

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"A Life of Accompaniment" (2021-22)

For 38 years, Mark and Linda Jacobson have worked in the health field in Tanzania, becoming the ELCA’s longest-serving missionaries.

"A Life of Accompaniment" (2021-22)

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"Many languages, one growing faith" (2020-21)

A new community is burgeoning in Baltimore City, filled with refugees and immigrants from Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi.

"Many languages, one growing faith" (2020-21)

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"A spiritual home for future leaders" (2020-21)

The West Virginia University Lutheran Campus ministry provides a place of respite, worship and community for Lutherans and non-Lutherans alike in Morgantown.

"A spiritual home for future leaders" (2020-21)

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"Empowered to empower others" (2020-21)

The first full class of International Women Leaders scholarship recipients graduated in 2019. Today, we celebrate their dreams and accomplishments.

"Empowered to empower others" (2020-21)

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Thank you, thank you! | Mission Support greeting

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and the Mission Support Team express gratitude for ELCA congregations and synods and their sharing of Mission Support.

Thank you, thank you! | Mission Support greeting

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Where does your offering go?

ELCA congregations gave $1.7 billion in regular offerings last year. Where does it go? This video shares how your congregational offerings support the ministries of the ELCA and the church around the world.

Where does your offering go?

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A life-changing experience (2019-2020)

Neighbors in Solidarity - Pine Ridge Retreat Center

A life-changing experience (2019-2020)

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Satisfying spiritual hunger (2019-2020)

Church of the Apostles (COTA) in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood hosts Open Space, a contemplative music hour, on the second Sunday of each month. The event is a collaboration with Abbey Arts and emphasizes distraction-free reflection in a noisy world.

Satisfying spiritual hunger (2019-2020)

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Witness at the border (2019-2020)

This is the border immersion program at the Luterana Cristo Rey Church in El Paso, Texas.

Witness at the border (2019-2020)

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A dynamic, welcoming duo (2019-2020)

Reconciling in Christ (RIC) communities are on a lifetime journey of welcoming, including, and celebrating LGBTQIA+ people and their families. St. John's Lutheran Church (Jacksonville, FL) has been RIC since 2016.

A dynamic, welcoming duo (2019-2020)

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Church on a rock (2019-2020)

Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) opened Casa Milagro in 2018 to provide education to young women from rural communities. This program is supported in part by your gifts to ELCA World Hunger. To learn more about how ELCA World Hunger is at work in more than 60 countries around the globe, visit ELCA.org/hunger.

Church on a rock (2019-2020)

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Nurturing the song of the church (2018-2019)

ELCA Deacon Ryan Hostler sees his life’s calling as empowering others to make music and worship God.

This video is a companion to Stories of Faith in Action, an ELCA publication that highlights ministries funded by Mission Support, which is the undesignated funds congregations share with their synods and synods share with the churchwide organization. For other resources, visit ELCA.org/SOFIA.

Nurturing the song of the church (2018-2019)

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A passion for justice—and Jesus (2018-2019)

A passion for service is a common thread among the membership of Santuario Luterano, a new ELCA congregation in Waltham, Mass. Learn how Mission Support makes their ministry possible.

This video is a companion to Stories of Faith in Action, an ELCA publication that highlights ministries funded by Mission Support, which is the undesignated funds congregations share with their synods and synods share with the churchwide organization. For other resources, visit ELCA.org/SOFIA.

A passion for justice—and Jesus (2018-2019)

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Badminton, Thai food and faith (2017-2018)

St Paul Thai Church - One Body, Many Members

Badminton, Thai food and faith (2017-2018)

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We sustain each other (2017-2018)

Breath of God Lutheran Church members discuss how Mission Support dollars from the ELCA have contributed to its renewal in Highlandtown in east Baltimore. Throughout the process, they have continued their financial commitment to Mission Support.

We sustain each other (2017-2018)

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Faith in nature" (2017-2018)

New Life Lutheran Church worships outdoors, every Sunday, rain or shine, under the live oaks on their property in Dripping Springs, Texas.

Faith in nature" (2017-2018)

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Mission Support: Thank You

Mission Support: Thank You

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Mission Support: Thank You (Fillable PDF)

Mission Support: Thank You (Fillable PDF)

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Mission Support: Thank You (Spanish)

Mission Support: Thank You (Spanish)

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Mission Support: Thank You (Fillable PDF) (Spanish)

Mission Support: Thank You (Fillable PDF) (Spanish)

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Mission Support: A Deep Dive

Mission Support: A Deep Dive

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Your congregation’s plan for Mission Support 2021

Mission Support Statement of Intent - fillable PDF

Your congregation’s plan for Mission Support 2021

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Your congregation’s plan for Mission Support 2021 (Spanish)

Mission Support Statement of Intent - fillable PDF

Your congregation’s plan for Mission Support 2021 (Spanish)

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