We are a global church — with partnerships throughout the world. The Minneapolis Area Synod is fortunate to have two Companion Synods: the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria and the Leipzig District of the Lutheran Church in Saxony.

“Our global missions work is a place where the ELCA really shines.” – Bishop Ann Svennungsen

Where the ELCA works

The ELCA model for Global Mission is Accompaniment  — central to which is the priority we place on relationship — that relationship which God has intended for us since the beginning of the world. When we walk together, we need to be able to talk honestly, to share with one another, to get to know one another — to undo the boundary of strangeness or suspicion between us. It takes time, thought, and commitment to learn to see how we create boundaries, to perceive the asymmetries in our relationships, and to respond to them from Christ’s reconciling mission.

Core Accompaniment Values

  • Mutuality
  • Empowerment
  • Inclusivity
  • Sustainability
  • Vulnerability
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