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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) refers to three primary expressions of the church: congregations, synods, and the churchwide organization. This church confesses the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This church confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

With more than 10,300 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 4.5 million members – we welcome you to experience this church right in your community. Explore the ELCA, and help us celebrate our gift of faith – with action.

Based in Chicago, Bishop Elizabeth Eaton leads our church. Through the ELCA, we are a part of the Southeastern Synod, which includes about 160 congregations. Reverend Kevin Strickland is the bishop of the Southeastern Synod.

Some key ministries of the ELCA include global mission to help fight hunger, malaria, social injustice and provide missionaries; and also domestic mission such as establishing new churches and providing grants to local nonprofits working to serve the needs of God’s people as well as seminary education to help provide training for those who desire to be in full-time ministry.

Good Shepherd contributes to support ministries in the Synod and the ELCA, including:

Find out more about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

ELCA Southeastern Synod

The ELCA Southeastern Synod, in partnership with the churchwide organization, bears primary responsibility for the oversight of the life and mission of its congregations in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.  Our global partners include:

  • LaCrosse Area Synod
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria
  • Lutheran Church in Malaysia
  • Lutheran Church in Singapore
  • Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala