Foreward Together
You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well. – 2 Timothy 2:1-2

When Jesus gathered his disciples, he equipped them for the work of ministry. Whether they got it all the time is another story, but he equipped them to do the work after he was gone. We want to do that too.

– Bishop Claire Burkat

PageImage_equipIn today’s ministry context, equipping means helping church leaders to think like entrepreneurs, ready to take risks and learn from success and failure. Rather than looking to programs, leaders will need to understand their community and innovate in that context.

Our vision calls for hands-on equipping and ways for our leaders and congregations to continually learn from each other.

  • Learning new ways to be in mission from national and local experts
  • Providing a congregational assessment tool to help leaders understand their church’s passions and growth edges
  • Providing more scholarships to help reduce the debt pastors often face after graduation.

One thing is clear: Equipping leaders will be our primary job.


Equipping    Innovating     Communicating    Networking

Stories of Equipping

September 29, 2016

Money, Mission and Media links Stewardship and Message

“We are in a (new) Pentecost moment,” the Rev. Ruth Santana Grace, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, told more than 200 church leaders gathered at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia for Money Mission Media, a conversation about the challenges and opportunities for 21st Century digital ministry. In changing times, the church must collaborate. “This […]

May 11, 2016

MAP “Changed How We Do Church”

The Mission Assessment Profile (MAP) offered through the Synod’s Forward Together in Faith campaign “changed the way we do church here at University Lutheran,” says Pastor Fritz Fowler. Scroll down to watch video University Lutheran, the campus ministry serving Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, was asked to participate shortly after Fowler was called […]

February 18, 2016

How To Really Welcome The Stranger

As a visitor to a different congregation almost every Sunday since September 2002, Beth Lewis, President and CEO of Augsburg Fortress, the ministry of publishing of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has developed a strong sense of what works and what doesn’t in terms of how congregations reach out to visitors and prospective members. In […]

October 14, 2015

Congregations Working With Assessment Results

“Part of the reality for synods in the 21st century is they have to act and live differently,” Jeff Kjellberg of Kairos and Associates, consultant for Forward Together in Faith, told a gathering of congregations participating in the mission assessment process made possible by this campaign. “One way to start behaving differently is to do […]