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Lutheran Resources
for Parish/Faith Community Nurse

Multiple resources are available for Lutheran Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse practice. Within the US there are several Lutheran churches with four major Lutheran denominations, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), the American Association of Lutheran Churches (TAALC), and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) resources include:

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
The ELCA is an ecumenical Christian church with approximately 3.3 million members worshiping in over 8,900 communities within 65 synods throughout the United States and in the Caribbean. The church promotes "God's work. Our hands." with numerous engaging activities, including serving missions, missions, disaster response, disability ministry, and local community service.  Information is available at

Bold Cafe is a free online magazine written by and geared for bold young women of faith with articles that can be used for individual or group Bible study. Their current focus is "Retreat where you are" and more information is available at:

Bold Connections is a monthly online newsletter featuring information concerning the events and activities of the Women of the ELCA. Subscription for Bold Cafe and Bold Connections is available at: Women of the ELCA : Sign Up to Stay in Touch (

Book of Faith is an initiative focusing on the Bible, with goals to increase the reading and use of Scripture. There is a four-fold process within the Book of Faith, including in-depth views for devotional, historical, literary, and theological learning, featuring a website at with study and webinars, and a Twitter site at

Bible Studies are available online at, including Daily Discipleship at and Daily Faith Practices at

Christian Education Network of the ELCA (CENetwork) is an organization promoting faith education. Their mission is "Supporting lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation." They provide numerous resources, networking, and a mentorship program. Membership is $50 for individuals and $25 for those who are retired or a student. Group memberships are also available. See: with prior newsletters available for review at:

Gather Magazine
The Women of the ELCA offer a magazine with supportive stories to promote growth, faith-filled articles and devotions, and opportunities to enhance services and ministries. Published 10 times annually, the cost is $19.95 and subscriptions are available by phone at 1-844-409-0576 or at:

Women of the ELCA (WELCA)
The ELCA Churchwide Women's Organization (CWO) is present in three formats, each being independent and maintaining individualized constitutions, including the overarching Churchwide Women's Organization (CWO), Synodical Women's Organizations (SWOs), and the Congregational, Inter-Congregational, and Special Units. WELCA, the ELCA women's ministry, maintains independence and is not a church auxiliary.  The mission of WELCA is Mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ and their purpose is "As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus, 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." For more information see: and to sign up for the daily reflection, Daily Grace, go to: WELCA also has a PowerPoint presentation, "A Place for You" in English and Spanish that can be used within your congregation:

Adult Lutherans Organized for Action

Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)

Whether you are a leader in a congregation or an individual looking for personal resources, ALOA’s here to support you with practical help in areas of ministry areas that affect the lives of older adults. Start with Congregational Help or explore Key Resources to find out more.

Our nation is aging. The “graying of America” is a reality in all areas of life, the result of three persistent trends: we are living longer; there are fewer births; and “the boomer generation” will swell the ranks of seniors by 76 million over the next 25 years.

ALOA was formed in the early 1990’s by a group of LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) and ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) church leaders to help prepare the church for “the age wave.” ALOA’s focus was and continues to be:

  1. To help congregations strengthen their ministry with and for older adults; and
  2. To encourage older adults to affirm their gifts and use those gifts in service to family, church, community and the world.

To learn more and to access ALOA's many wonderful webinars go to Adult Lutherans Organized for Action ( and/or Webinar Opportunities – Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (

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