networking expo

Contact: Ian Heseltine -

The ELCA Young Adult Vocational Fellowship is a one-year discernment experience at the intersection of vocation, faith community building, and professional development. Young adults will explore employment that is meaningful, empowering, and reflects the values of their faith. The fellows will work at an ELCA partner organization for 9-12 months, gaining professional experience that is unique to each site. While similar to an internship or gap-year program involving vocational experience, this fellowship will offer a full-time salary and benefits.

Contact: Jenna Leazott - 

Abide is a small group ministry hosted by ELCA Young Adults. Young adults can register to be placed into a weekly, virtual small group led by a young adult Small Group Leader. Groups meet via video call for approximately an hour over the course of a month (1 month). These groups will be centered around a specific topic and participants may choose one of three topics each month.

Abide leaders are paid $80 for their time ($20/hr). Three broad topic areas include:

Apply to be a small group leader | Current groups

Current sites are:

Contact: Jenna Leazott - 

The Gather Network is a ministry of ELCA Young Adults that connects young adults in cities or regions throughout the ELCA. These ministries create space for young adults to join in fellowship, worship, community, and discussion. Gather invites the group to ask challenging questions of ourselves, our faith, and our world. We hope to create these communities for young adults across race, disability, faith background, gender, sexuality, and perspective to feel welcome to meet, to be, to gather. Some Gather ministries connect deeply with a local campus ministry, as well.

Dozens of sites are in development—fill out the form to get connected to the leaders in your area, or start one yourself!

Start a Gather ministry

July 16-20, 2024 - New Orleans, LA

Individuals who will be 18 to 35 at the time of the Gathering are invited to attend. We recognize that 18-35 is a wide age range and anticipate that most of our programming will be geared toward those 18 to 25 years old. All young-adult participants will be divided into cohorts based on age. Individuals interested in attending the ELCA Young Adult Gathering will need to register apart from any congregational group attending the ELCA Youth Gathering. Childcare will be available for those attending the ELCA Young Adult Gathering. Please note that children are not allowed to attend Mass Gathering programming. ‍

Priority registration: $260
Regular registration: $310
Late registration: $360

Volunteer to be a small group leader

Contact: Mary Campbell - 

The word “amparo” in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA’s strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Due to our connection to companion churches in the region, including companion synod relationships, and existing ministries in the U.S., the ELCA is well-positioned to help ensure that these vulnerable children are protected.   

Contact: Rob Gieraltowski - 

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM) is an association of outdoor ministry organizations, professionals, board members, businesses, and students connected to Lutheran camping, conferences, and retreats.  Our programs reach God’s children of all ages though summer camping programs, retreat opportunities, hospitality, team building activities, and partnership with congregations.  Our sites are affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which states that “…outdoor ministries strive to strengthen, support and lift up the body of Christ through building relationships with others and with God while enjoying creation.”  LOM is a vibrant and diverse community, committed to deepening faith – in rustic cabins and in state-of-the-art retreat centers, on mountaintops, on city streets, on ocean shores.

Contact: Krista Kilgus -

Located in the gorgeous and colorful Denver, Colorado, the Urban Servant Corps welcomes you to participate in a transformational year of intentional community living and full-time volunteer service, while living simply and exploring your faith journey. Urban Servant Corps is a ministry of the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and is an LGTBQIA+ welcoming and affirming organization (RIC).

Contact: Shari Seifert - 

EDLARJ engages in advocacy at all levels of the ELCA. From policy and cultural changes at the national level to helping individuals address racial injustice in their communities, members of EDLARJ use our voices to advocate for racial justice. EDLARJ members also support the work of the other ELCA ethnic associations and collaborate for a church and world in which all are free. In the struggle for racial justice, we help write policy and write letters, preach in the pulpit and shout in the streets. 

Contact: Evie Landrau -

More than 820 million people - that's about 11 percent of people in our world today - are hungry.

As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. 

Working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Contact: Dan Beirne - 

Since 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has provided welcome and hope to more than three quarters of a million refugees. We are transforming lives and empowering New Americans with support and resources to begin anew.

Our legacy of compassionate service has made a difference in the lives of more than 750,000 people who have sought safety and hope in America’s communities. Our history reflects our own deep immigrant roots and passionate commitment to welcoming newcomers, especially those who are most in need.

Further coach training specialities in:

Contact: Jill Beverlin - 

Coaching: Coaching is a relational alliance that leverages the art of deep listening, powerful questions and intentional exploration to produce awareness, change, and transformation for the client. In coaching, the client has agency, is the one naming the goals, designs action plans to meet those goals, and does 80% of the talking.  Faith-based coaching (from a Christian lens) looks at each individual as beloved of God, believes that person has been specifically gifted by God, and helps the person discover how they are being invited by God to use these gifts in God's work of loving and healing the world.

ELCA Young Adults can become coaches through coach training, or receive coaching through our YA cohort.

Information Request Form

Learning Communities:

On-Demand Courses:

Contact: Lee Ann Pomrenke - 

People are spiritually hungry yet disconnected, and established institutions are breaking down.

As a result, people are restless to find trustworthy communities where they can explore life’s big questions. Churches are struggling to find pastors to lead.

Lay leaders feel unequipped to step into ministry without formal training.

Clergy feel unsure how to lead their communities into deeper discipleship.

Ministry entrepreneurs struggle to find support to develop new expressions of Christian community.

That’s where Faith+Lead comes in.

Our ecosystem of resources, brought to you by Luther Seminary, meets people where they are with courses, coaching, learning communities, digital resources, and consulting to help them:

Rooted in God’s unconditional love in Jesus, we embrace the voices of many Christian traditions.

Together, everyday disciples, spiritual seekers, ministry entrepreneurs, and church leaders experience the difference Jesus makes and become equipped for God’s calling in their lives and communities.

Master's Programs:


Continuing Ed:

PhD through GTU

GTU Certificates:

Contact: Jill Disbro - 

Berkely, CA

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) develops leaders in the Lutheran tradition for a complex and changing world. We equip people to put their faith into action as the church and culture face dramatic change; because people who follow their purpose can transform a community — and the world. Located in Berkeley, California, PLTS is situated close to everything: Berkeley is home to the free speech movement of seventies, vast world-class educational opportunities, easy access to the cosmopolitan city of San Francisco, and outdoor adventure on trails and beaches in all directions.

PLTS provides theological education for the training of clergy and lay leaders through ordination, non-ordination, and research level degrees and certificates. Let us prepare you to learn, graduate, and lead others to fulfill their life calling as you fulfill yours.

As one of seven seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, PLTS is a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union and a graduate school of California Lutheran University. PLTS was the first ELCA seminary to become Reconciling in Christ (RIC).

Theological education at PLTS is done in the context of people who are rich and poor, liberal and conservative, and a wide array of human race, religion, sexuality, education, experience, and background. If our theology did not take all people into account, it would be deficient.

Master of Arts programs (MA):

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Master of Theology (ThM)

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Graduate Certificates:

Contact: Aaron Schutte -

St. Paul, MN

Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities across the country and around the world. As one of the seven seminaries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Luther Seminary has educated more than one-third of ELCA pastors, lay professionals and leaders of many global Lutheran and ecumenical churches.

Luther is known for the diversity of learning that occurs in the classroom, online and in the field. Students continually learn important theological concepts, apply them in real-life situations and then discuss their experience to help grow and mature in their understanding.

We welcome students from around the globe as they pursue this transformational education. It is always Gospel-centered, yet innovative and challenging to meet the changing demands of the church and the world.



MA in Diaconal Ministry

Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) Program

Certificate Programs

Dubuque, IA

Contact: Jeanette Perrault - 

At Wartburg Seminary, we’ve been preparing leaders for over 160 years, but we’ve never prepared them the same way twice. Each leader is unique, personally grounded in who God created them to be.  We not only honor that, we embrace it.  Our graduates are skilled and artful leaders who have learned how to think – how to draw on the breadth of the Lutheran tradition and make it come alive for a new day.

Our deep roots allow us to be nimble and explore new ways of preparing people to lead in our brave new world.

There’s an edginess in that.

To “sit” in some Wartburg classes is to sit in educational spaces that didn’t exist ten years ago.  Although the central location is a castle, the technology within these brick walls is far from ancient.

Students both on and off campus engage in worship-centered community and critical theological reflection. Wartburg has found a way to live into these new technological learning spaces in ways that feels human and alive.  An example of this is when the on-campus students had fellowship over cookies, distance learning students found boxes of homemade cookies in their mailboxes, miles away.

Maybe it’s not so much the place, or the cookies, or the people in the many stories like this, but the God it all springs from who inspires many to say, “Yeah, there’s a pull here.” At Wartburg we are a community that does not exist for itself, but for the work of God in the world.  A world in need.  We are a school ready and excited to learn and develop new leaders who can speak into it.

Wartburg is a Reconciling in Christ seminary.


Master of Theological Studies

Master of Theological Studies/JD

Master of Theological Studies/MS in Nursing

MA in Youth and Family Ministry

MA of Sacred Theology

Contact: Kit Kleinhans -

Columbus, OH

Since its founding, Trinity Lutheran Seminary has provided opportunities for theological education and faith formation in the classroom and around the globe, equipping students for transformative ministry in a variety of settings. The scope of our master’s degrees will prepare you to change the world, whether you see yourself leading a congregation, teaching in the classroom or advocating for social justice in the community.

An institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University is committed to expanding its students’ understanding of faith, responsibility to others and to our world, and purposeful impact. That’s forming leaders for Christ’s church at work in the world

Trinity is a Reconciling in Christ seminary.

Contact: Kelsey Johnson - 

Opportunity Palestine works to sustain the educational institutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) through development and awareness raising in the United States. We believe that the powerful vision for justice created by the educational ministries of the ELCJHL is essential to overcoming the challenges facing the vibrant and peaceful communities of the Holy Land.

We support four K-12 Lutheran schools in Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Ramallah, and Beit Jala. The Lutheran schools currently educate over 2,100 students regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability to pay. Peace education and interfaith dialog are embedded in the curriculum and the schools intentionally promote gender balance and equality with co-educational instruction.

Support | Newsletter

Contact: Quentin Bernhard (

Witness in Society encompasses some of the work and ministry the ELCA does in the public sphere, advancing justice and shining a light for peace and dignity. This work and ministry take place wherever Lutherans are found, in communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region, with focused activity through the Lutheran Office for World Community at the United Nations in New York City; the ELCA’s federal hub in Washington, D.C.; and Lutheran state public policy offices (SPPOs) in California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as well as more than 17 directly affiliated locations serving even more states. Through the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, the ELCA intersects with the social implications of company practices and affects ELCA investment policy in socially responsible ways. The Christian community of the ELCA envisions a world experiencing the difference that God’s grace and love in Christ make for all people and creation.


Chicago, IL

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) is a community to form leaders to form community. We believe that our communities cannot be restored without leaders who are able to nurture the gifts of those who gather, organize them for shared purpose, and guide them in a sustained vision. Such leaders do not happen automatically but must be formed in communities that model faithful living in all of its complexity and promise.

Our Public Church curriculum has been recognized as one of the most innovative among North American seminaries.

Degree options:

Concentration areas:


These organizations do not have a presence at the Network Expo, but are great partners to check out for getting involved in the ELCA world!

Advocacy / Engagement

Contact: Savanna Sullivan : 

Representatives from 142 member Lutheran churches around the globe that come together to share, learn, and make joint action plans for local and regional follow-up in matters of the global church

Contact: Dennis Frado - 

Lutheran representation to the United Nations.

Email updates

Contact - Phoebe Morad - 

Grassroots Lutheran movement promoting care for creation. Lots of resources & creation care ideas for worship, education, advocacy, lifestyle, and more.

Events | Creation Care Ambassadors | Connect

Contact: Steve Jerbi - 

Community organizing to develop gospel-centric communities that act for the sake of the world.

Membership | Events | Community Organizing Training


The Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science, and Technology is dedicated to expanding awareness and promoting conversation about the implications of science and technology for Christian faith and life.

Faith & Science Resources | Covalence Magazine | Youth Curriculum


Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual/aromantic (LGBTQIA+) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community.

Find an RIC partner/church | Resources | Online trainings | Become a trainer

Direct Relief / Aid

Contact: Sean Coffman - 

Humanitarian aid and relief in response to domestic and international disasters.

LDR Blog | Subscribe to alerts

Contact: Mica de la Rosa - 

Migrant shelter, services, and border immersion in New Mexico & Texas.

Volunteer | Donation needs | Border immersions | Newsletter signup

Network of health & human services providers around the country

Careers | Newsletter signup | Find an LSA member near you

Founded in 1945 by Lutherans in the U.S., Lutheran World Relief is an international aid and development organization that partners with communities to help them develop productive and stable economies, improve resilience in the face of a changing climate, and respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

Careers | Farmers Market Coffee | Resource library | Quilts | Kits | Find an Ingathering

Ethnic Specific Ministries

Contact: Nic Peñaranda - 

Engaging, involving and investing in the gifts, interests and capacity of people of African descent in every aspect of the life of this church is the focus of African Descent Ministry in the ELCA. As part of our Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries Team, we seek to strengthen the hands of the ELCA for building — with integrity — a multicultural church. As people of African descent, it is the gospel of Jesus Christ that gives us the faith and freedom to join with all of our sisters and brothers to boldly participate in God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in the name of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

African Descent Strategy | Now is the Time Study Guide | Membership | Chapters

Contact: Joann Conroy - 

As an association of American Indians and Alaska Natives of the ELCA, created in the image of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are called to serve and love our neighbor, and promote healing and wholeness within ourselves, the church, society and the Earth. We are proud to be Lutheran because we are a church that is deeply rooted in Scripture, tradition and the Lutheran Confessions, as well as in the vibrant communities and rich histories of our congregations. These roots are a source of nourishment that enable us to be a church that is both resilient and always being reformed.

Truth & Healing Movement | Resources | Recorded Webinars

Contact: Khader El-Yateem: 

The Association of Lutherans of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage of the ELCA is a ministry of witness and service with and among people of Arab and Middle Eastern heritage, both in the ELCA and with ethnic communities in the United States, that affirms the dignity and worth of Arab and Middle Eastern people and their culture.

Contact: Tita Valeriano - 

The vision of Asian and Pacific Islander Ministries is to grow in strength for ministry, using God’s gifts of culture, language and heritage to share the good news of Jesus Christ, and to love and serve our neighbor in a multicultural world.


Contact: Jen De Leon -

Within such a diversity of cultures, we must fight and work for the unity of all members of the ELCA. This is why we gather as an association, with the Holy Spirit guiding our efforts of working together for the kingdom of God for the purpose of:

The association accomplishes these goals by increasing the Latino Lutheran community, helping the ELCA achieve a greater understanding of the cultural diversity of Latinos, promoting Latino Christian values, helping the church recruit and support pastors and lay leaders for Latino ministry, and more.

Facebook | English Resources

Seminaries & Lay Schools

Columbia, SC

Contact - Jennifer Shimota - 

Our mission is to teach, form, and nurture women and men for public ministry in a context that is Christ-centered, faithfully Lutheran and ecumenically committed. Our curriculum of classroom instruction, service learning, contextual ministry experience, and a life centered in worship leads to holistic formation of leaders.

Degrees & Programs:

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Programs and Degrees:

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Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries organizes queer seminarians and rostered ministers, confronts barriers and systemic oppression, and activates queer ideas and movements within the Lutheran Church. If you live in the Chicago area and want to volunteer, email them!

Programs | Shop

FTE is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference through Christian communities.


Grants & Fellowships | Resources | Events

The Lay Schools for Ministry program creates a communal and virtual meeting place where life-long learning intentionally happens. Our task is to promote and nourish this meeting place where all can share our stories – stories of multigenerational Christian and Lutheran families dining together and sharing their long-day experiences at the fireplace and stories of recent immigrant families rebuilding their lives in a new place. In this communal and virtual place, we will also share the many talents and gifts that the Spirit has given the church for the sake of the world. Our goals are to develop and maintain avenues for life-long learning, to create and share resources, and to sustain accountable processes that help our denomination be a good and efficacious steward of its mission and vocation. Our partners in Select Learning provide an avenue to access and share current and future resources.

List of all ELCA-affiliated lay ministries (many listed by synod)

Service / Volunteer Opportunities

Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) offers its legacy program — a one-year service experience — and starting in 2020, Flex Semesters with virtual volunteering. It’s for people interested in social justice work, careers, and values.  LVCers are motivated to explore justice work while living in intentional community with others if serving a year, or virtually.  Together fellows explore the intersection of spirituality, simple and sustainable living, anti-racism/anti-oppression towards a strengthened leadership skillset — as part of leadership development and values to live by.

LVC is a Reconciling in Christ organization. Open to all faith traditions. Group housing, utilities, internet, modest stipend, health insurance, and work transportation reimbursement provided during your year.

Current LVC cities:

Volunteer FAQ | Application

Located in the heart of Washington’s North Cascades Mountains, Holden Village is an iconic retreat center that offers visitors a unique opportunity to step into the wilderness to form and renew their relationship with God, the earth, and each other.

Volunteer opportunities for 1 week, 2+ weeks, 3-4 months, 1-3 years, or full-time employment.

Volunteer application | Programs | Visit

Contact: Josiah Benedict - 

Mission Builders, in thankfulness for all God has provided, use their God-given skills to help ELCA congregations, schools, camps and social ministry organizations construct or improve their facilities. While their hands do God’s work and provide housing for ministries, their hearts and voices share their faith and build up the body of Christ. Mission Builders build with local members of congregations, schools, camps and social ministry organizations. A typical project includes the Mission Builders, members of the congregation or organization and various other professionals from the community working side-by-side to improve facilities.

Contact Josiah if you're interested in becoming a Mission Builder!


Contact: Eva Yeo - 

As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.

Contact: Kevin Burke -

By God’s grace, to intentionally disciple men by personally modeling the character of Jesus by living and leading a lifestyle intended to help transform them from having an inward focus to a culture of naturally loving and serving our neighbors.