Our Approach

A Path Forward

Introducing the ELCA Innovation Lab


Our Approach

Generate Ideas

A good idea can come from anyone, anywhere.

The lab activates each of us so that more people know the way of Jesus and discover community, justice and love.

Unleash and Harness Creativity

Changing the way, we think about and approach challenges can inspire innovative solutions.

The lab is for experimenting with new and useful ideas in your own context and community.

Drive Collective Change

The ELCA envisions a world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ make for all people and creation.

Design Thinking - One Approach

Have you ever felt stuck in your ministry, as if none of the “solutions” on the shelf quite fit your community’s biggest dreams or challenges? Then design thinking might be for you!

How we think about things matters. If we jump to a solution without the understanding and partnership of those impacted by the challenge or problem, we may not have the right answers or even be asking the right questions.


Design thinking allows for a shared process of creativity and definition

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