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Mission Work

Mission Work
Programs and activities of Women of the ELCA are organized around three mission areas. Most programs and activities represent more than one mission and constitute a balanced effort. Together, these mission areas provide a holistic approach to living the gospel of Jesus Christ in today’s world; they provide opportunities for women to grow in faith and mission.


Our purpose is to provide a variety of learning experiences which strengthen each woman as a whole person, develop her potential, and equip her for ministry. Mission:Growth enables and encourages women to share the good news and witness to the Gospel in daily life; provides opportunities for women to develop their gifts for leadership; and produces educational and programmatic resources for use by congregations, synodical women’s organizations and individuals.

Some examples:

  • Bible study - Encourage your women to participate in regular Bible study.   The Women of the ELCA Bible study is found in Lutheran Women Today. *see below. We are presently studying the book of Genesis.
  • Program Resources - Check the Program Resource packet for ideas. *see below
  • Global Mission - Stories and inspiration from our overseas companions - check our synod speaker's bureau.
  • Spring Assemblies - An opportunity in each conference that will have a mixed program with such things as worship, communion, speakers, singing and fellowship. These events are held in the spring.
  • Retreats - Gathering with other Christian women in retreat can be a profoundly moving experience.  Check Upcoming Events for information on retreats in your area, which are often held in the fall.
  • Leadership gatherings - Check Upcoming Events for information on training events in your area.  Training for unit officers is usually held in the fall.
  • Spiritual Gatherings - An inspirational gathering of women from the synods in our region, which is held occasionally when other conventions are not scheduled.  The next Gathering will be held July 30-31, 2004 in Lima, Ohio. More info.
  • Lutheran Woman Today - The magazine of Women of the ELCA, published ten times yearly. This award winning magazine is full of inspirational articles as well as the Women of the ELCA Bible Study. One year subscription $11.00, 2 years $20.00, 3 years $30.00 To subscribe call Augsburg Fortress at 800-328-4648 (credit cards only), or send a check to Lutheran Woman Today, P.O. Box 1816, Danbury, CT 06813. Lutheran Woman Today is also available for the sight impaired on cassette tape for $15.00 per year from Augsburg
  • Interchange - Newsletter of the Churchwide Women of the ELCA – New monthly format! Annual subscription - $6.00 or two years $11.00. To order call Augsburg Fortress, Publishers at 800-328-4648.
  • Son Light, the Newsletter of our Northwestern Ohio Synodical Women. For more details click here.
  • Anti-Racism Education - One of our members, Donna Thomas, will be attending Today’s Dreams – Tomorrow’s Reality, an  Anti-racism Leadership Seminar in April, 2004. Following the seminar she will be available to speak to your group or do a workshop. For more info click here.
  • Evangelism and Witness - an excellent resource to inspire witness among your women is The Witness of Women, an Evangelism Strategy.   Contact Women of the ELCA (1-800/638-3522, ext. 2741) for a copy of this excellent study in two parts.
  • Conventions - Check Upcoming Events for information  on conference Spring Assemblies, and Synodical and Churchwide Conventions.

Program Resources Packet
The Women of ELCA Program Resources Packet is published each spring and sent to the church office of each congregation in April or May.  Alert your church secretary to look for it and pass it on to the president of your unit. Many resources are also available on-line at http://www.womenoftheelca.org/resources/

Stewardship Resources Packet
The Women of ELCA Stewardship Resources Packet is published each fall and sent to the church office of each congregation in September or October.  Alert your church secretary to look for it and pass it on to the president of your unit. The Thankoffering service planning helps are available at http://www.womenoftheelca.org/resources/topical.html

** If you have other suggestions or know of things you are doing in your church please, contact us through our e-mail address: NWOSWO