God’s work never stops. Churchwide office staff are still hard at work – from our homes. Hours and lines of communication remain the same.

Faith Practices

We are living in unprecedented times—a health pandemic with economic uncertainty and unresolved racism. There is much that we cannot control, but we can control our choices of behavior. Now is the time to intentionally choose healthy patterns to offset the grief and lament related to these times as we shift to a new normal.

Healthy choices includes faith practices. The Affirmation of Baptism provides five faith practices to integrate into our daily life. Receive each as a gift from God:

  • live among God’s faithful people
  • hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper
  • proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed
  • serve all people following the example of Jesus
  • strive for justice and peace in all the earth
                               (Affirmation of Baptism, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 236)

Five Gifts of Discipleship Resource
Explore and download the Five Gifts of Discipleship resources which includes a personal inventory on the inward and outward gifts.

NEW Resiliency Resources
Resiliency includes others, hope, and meaning! That’s nothing new to God. Jesus lived it. The Holy Spirit provides all three on a continual basis. These new resources use the Five Gifts of Discipleship as a framework to explore resiliency in these times.



 

Resiliency: Faith Practices in Tough Times

Resiliency: Faith Practices in Tough Times

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Resiliency: Setting Free our Lament

Resiliency: Setting Free our Lament

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Resiliency: Parent’s Guide

Resiliency: Parent’s Guide

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Lament: A Conversation with Brenda Smith

Lament: A Conversation with Brenda Smith

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Resiliency: Resources

Resiliency: Resources

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Disaster Response: Using the Gifts of Discipleship

Disaster Response: Using the Gifts of Discipleship

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Rapid Response Team Model for Synods and Congregations

Rapid Response Team Model for Synods and Congregations

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Daily Faith Practice Bible Studies

Daily Faith Practice Bible Studies

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Daily Faith Practice Bible Studies

Daily Faith Practice Bible Studies

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Children and the Five Gifts of Discipleship

Children and the Five Gifts of Discipleship

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Personal Inventory: Inward, Outward Gifts of Discipleship

Personal Inventory: Inward, Outward Gifts of Discipleship

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Prayers for Gifts of Discipleship

Prayers for Gifts of Discipleship

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Living Our Baptism - Magnet of Five Gifts

Living Our Baptism - Magnet of Five Gifts

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ELCA Partners

ELCA Partners

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Living Our Baptism - Implementation Guide

Living Our Baptism - Implementation Guide

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Living Our Baptism - Implementation Guide (Spanish)

Living Our Baptism - Implementation Guide (Spanish)

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Living Our Baptism - Overview

Living Our Baptism - Overview

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Living Our Baptism - Overview (Spanish)

Living Our Baptism - Overview (Spanish)

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Living Our Baptism - Music and Prayers

Living Our Baptism - Music and Prayers

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Living Our Baptism - New Member Orientation with Five Gifts

Living Our Baptism - New Member Orientation with Five Gifts

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Living Our Baptism - Youth: Rite of Affirmation Preparation

Living Our Baptism - Youth: Rite of Affirmation Preparation

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Living Our Baptism - 5 Bible Studies on the Five Gifts

Living Our Baptism - 5 Bible Studies on the Five Gifts

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Living Our Baptism - Bible Study: Fruit of the Spirit

Living Our Baptism - Bible Study: Fruit of the Spirit

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Living Our Baptism - Advent and Christmas

Living Our Baptism - Advent and Christmas

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Living Our Baptism - Advent and Christmas (Spanish)

Living Our Baptism - Advent and Christmas (Spanish)

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Living Our Baptism - Epiphany

Living Our Baptism - Epiphany

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Living Our Baptism - Epiphany (Spanish)

Living Our Baptism - Epiphany (Spanish)

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Living Our Baptism - Lent

Living Our Baptism - Lent

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Living Our Baptism - Lent (Spanish)

Living Our Baptism - Lent (Spanish)

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Living Our Baptism - Easter

Living Our Baptism - Easter

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Living Our Baptism - Easter (Spanish)

Living Our Baptism - Easter (Spanish)

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Living Our Baptism - Pentecost

Living Our Baptism - Pentecost

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Living Our Baptism - Pentecost (Spanish)

Living Our Baptism - Pentecost (Spanish)

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Living Our Baptism - Small Group Resource

Living Our Baptism - Small Group Resource

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Discipleship Series: Going Deeper

Adapted from John Herman

Discipleship Series: Going Deeper

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Booklet: Faith Practices in the ELCA

Booklet: Faith Practices in the ELCA

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Brochure: Building Faith Practices

Brochure: Building Faith Practices

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Conversations: Race Relations

The Journey to Right Relationship—a Christian Response

Conversations: Race Relations

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Conversations: Race Relations - Spanish

The Journey to Right Relationship—a Christian Response

Conversations: Race Relations - Spanish

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Courageous Leadership

Courageous Leadership

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Dealing with Conflict

Dealing with Conflict

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Evangelical Leader

Evangelical Leader

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Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

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Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee

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Staying on Target

Staying on Target

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Visionary Leadership

Visionary Leadership

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Hospitality Matters

Hospitality Matters

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Hospitality Team

Hospitality Team

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Welcome the Children

Welcome the Children

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Senior Adult Ministry: Growing Aging Disciples

Senior Adult Ministry: Growing Aging Disciples

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Advancing Evangelism in Your Congregation

Advancing Evangelism in Your Congregation

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Creating an Evangelism Team

Creating an Evangelism Team

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Disciples into Apostles

Disciples into Apostles

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Inviting Others

Inviting Others

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Launching Evangelism in Your Congregation

Launching Evangelism in Your Congregation

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Finding Your Spiritual Gifts - Printable Version

God has given each Christian two gifts. The first is the gift of faith in Jesus Christ. The second is the gift of one or more special abilities. These abilities are called spiritual gifts and they are received through our baptism.

Finding Your Spiritual Gifts - Printable Version

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Finding Your Spiritual Gifts - Online Version

God has given each Christian two gifts. The first is the gift of faith in Jesus Christ. The second is the gift of one or more special abilities. These abilities are called spiritual gifts and they are received through our baptism.

Finding Your Spiritual Gifts - Online Version

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40 Days of Prayer

40 Days of Prayer

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Sample Worship Model 1

Sample Worship Model 1

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Sample Worship Model 2

Sample Worship Model 2

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Story Matters

Story Matters

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Ten Days of Prayer Following Renewal

Ten Days of Prayer Following Renewal

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Workshop Description for Prayer and Revival Events

Workshop Description for Prayer and Revival Events

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Possible Biblical Stories that Might Capture a Congregation's Identity

Possible Biblical Stories that Might Capture a Congregation's Identity

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The Incarnational Preacher

The Incarnational Preacher

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An Intergenerational Curriculum Based on Affirmation of Baptism

A Book of Faith/Life of Faith Resource

An Intergenerational Curriculum Based on Affirmation of Baptism

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Faith Practices (in The Lutheran)



Faith Practices (in The Lutheran)

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Bible Study Resources


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