What is the ELCA

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA)

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us, as the ELCA, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. 

We are a church that is always being made new, and at the same time, is deeply rooted in Scripture, Lutheran theology and Lutheran confessions. We are also rooted in the vibrant, diverse communities and rich histories of our congregations. It’s through these roots that the Holy Spirit guides and nourishes us so that we can be a church that is both resilient and always new. 

We welcome you to join this community of faith — the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — regardless of your age, race, gender, life experience, complexities and questions. You have a unique story that can only add to the richness of the larger story that makes up the ELCA. There is a place for you with us!

What the ELCA Means to Me

2015 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly in Salt Lake City

The 2015 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly was held in Salt Lake City on May 1st to May 3rd.  Over 500 Lutherans participated in a joint worship on Sunday.  Gathered under theme “Our Life Together,” the time was spent celebrating the many ministries of the Rocky Mountain Synod, collectively making decisions for how we will move into the future, and spending intentional time in relationship with our full-communion and ecumenical partners in ministry.