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Always Being Made New – The Campaign for the ELCA

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Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA

Approved by the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh, this five-year, nearly $200 million campaign will:

  • Increase this church’s capacity to support congregational renewal and the planting of new congregations
  • Form and support new lay, ordained and global leaders for mission
  • Encourage and form lay youth and young adult leaders
  • Support this church’s disability ministry
  • Bolster our commitment to walk with global companion churches in shared witness
  • Expand our efforts to address poverty and hunger

While the campaign was approved in the 25th anniversary year of the forming of the ELCA, this also is our moment to look toward the next 25 years and boldly respond to the needs of God’s creation with a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA — the first of its size and scope in the history of this church — gives each of us the opportunity to make a transformational impact on the ministries of our church. Together, as 4 million members of the ELCA in nearly 10,000 congregations and 65 synods, we are one church with a call to do God’s work throughout the world.

Through this campaign, we can expand our mission capacity and achieve things on a scale and scope that we could never do alone. Through this campaign, we can do more. Together, we are called to do more, and in responding to this call, we will continue to live out God’s promise of always being made new, and to use our hands — and all that we have been given — to do God’s work. See more at the campaign’s official website.


Campaign Goals

This campaign — which runs from Feb. 1, 2014, through Jan. 31, 2018 — seeks to raise $198 million in support of new and expanded churchwide ministries above and beyond those supported by your regular weekly offerings.


Accompany and equip 1,000 congregations in their renewal efforts through ELCA synods
Goal for Renewing Congregations–
$8 million

Spread the good news far and wide by planting more congregations in the United States and the Caribbean.
Goal for ELCA New Congregations–
$4 million

Expand ministries with people living with disabilities.
Goal for Disability Ministries–
$4 million


Grow the permanent endowment fund so that, for generations to come, hundreds more of the most promising leaders can respond to the call to serve our congregations.
Goal for ELCA Fund for Leaders–$15 million

Engage young people in the life of this church through expanded ministries to youth and young adults.
Goal for Youth and Young Adults–
$4 million

Hunger and Poverty

Support our comprehensive approach in nearly 60 countries and expand support to communities in at least 10 countries, including the United States, as they work to solve challenges that perpetuate hunger and poverty.
Goal for ELCA World Hunger–
$115 million

Meet and exceed our 2011 goal of $15 million by 2015 to help overcome malaria in 13 countries in Africa.
Goal for the ELCA Malaria Campaign–
$15 million (over $10 million already raised)

Global Church

Initiate new evangelism projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Goal for Global Ministries–
$7 million

Equip more than 200 additional women leaders from our global companion churches through increased scholarships and educational opportunities.
Goal for International Leaders-Women–
$4 million

Support our missionaries and give 200 additional young adults the opportunity to participate in a year of global service.
Goal for Missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission–
$22 million

Total campaign goal: $198 million