Churches in Mission

Supporting the vibrant witness of churches 

The 149 LWF member churches live and work in diverse contexts around the world. What unites them is their joint calling to take part in God’s holistic mission through sharing the gospel, and serving the neighbor through through diaconal acts and advocacy. Since its very beginning, LWF supports the churches ’ local witness and to connect them globally for joint engagement, mutual learning, and acts of compassion and solidarity. 

Through the work carried out in Churches in Mission, the LWF seeks to equip churches to take part in witnessing to God’s mission. In doing so, we focus on strengthening churches’ capacities in the areas of leadership, inclusion of women and youth, human resources, project management and diakonia.

Diakonia and Development

Diaconal engagement is at the heart of churches’ mission. We aim to empower churches to affect positive change in people’s lives through relevant and visible diaconal engagement in their respective contexts. This includes deepening churches’ theological and conceptual understanding of their diaconal work, and strengthening their capacity for effective diaconal action.

Diakonia and Development

Leadership

Good leadership is essential to churches in order to carry out their mission and to be faithful to God’s calling. The LWF Leadership program seeks to inspire member churches to engage in continuous processes of leadership development, strengthen church sustainability through good governance and management and foster principles of inclusive communion as part of church identity.

Leadership

Member church projects

LWF member churches address crucial needs in their congregations and wider community through diverse projects, from food distributions to theological training to livelihood initiatives to women’s and youth empowerment. Member church projects are an expression of mutual solidarity by the global Lutheran communion, usually funded by LWF member churches or related agencies. 

Member church projects

Scholarships

The LWF Scholarship Program has been part of LWF’s engagement with its member churches since the 1950s. The scholarships are granted annually in the area of theology and diakonia. Through   empowerment of individuals scholarships strengthen church’s capacities to carry out their holistic mission and contribute to organizational sustainability and resilience of local communities.  

Scholarships

Youth

Youth participation is a crosscutting priority for the Lutheran World Federation. The LWF Youth Program equips young people for leadership in all aspects of communion life and works with member churches to fully embrace the gifts of young people in their own contexts. The LWF Youth program works in the areas of theology, leadership development, advocacy, diakonia, and peace building through the Global Young Reformers Network, youth-led Climate advocacy, intergenerational dialogue programs, the LWF scholarship program, and the Peace Messengers initiative. 

Youth