The Life of Faith Initiative is a grassroots effort within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). All advocates of equipping all God’s saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12) are welcome to participate in the initiative, whether you are part of the ELCA or not.

Our purpose

The purpose of the Life of Faith initiative is to stir up a culture change that frees us to make the service by the baptized in the arenas of daily life the central focus of the church’s mission.

The vision—watch our introductory video

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This initiative intentionally builds on the premise and success of the ELCA’s Book of Faith initiative, which pioneered a grass-roots movement embracing a common vision in which all are invited to open scripture and join the conversation. The Life of Faith initiative connects the Book of Faith initiative to the many and varied forms of service to neighbors through family, workplace, school, local community, and world. Each expression of the church is encouraged to develop approaches and resources in order to make the Life of Faith initiative a vital part of its reason for existence.

For a deeper orientation to the initiative, watch the recording of this webinar. (If you’ve already seen the introductory video (above) you can skip from the 18:45 minute mark to 38:08.)

For in-depth help with the principles of the initiative and how to incorporate them in your context, watch the recording of this online workshop:

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Our vision

Our objectives

Action steps

What you can do

Key terms

Download a Primer (in PDF) that contains all of this information. It’s printable, or it can be downloaded and attached to an email so that you can share the Initiative’s purpose with others.

Download a flyer (in PDF) that is a condensed version designed to be shared with others. If you would like to print this flyer download this version. (Print this image on both sides of  8.5×11″ paper, then cut in half to make a double-sided, 8.5×5.5″ flyer.)

Download a Universal Priesthood: Keeping the Unfulfilled Promise — Theological Grounding for the Life of Faith Initiative by Craig Nessan.

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Join the conversation on Facebook

You can also follow the Life of Faith Initiative on Facebook.  When you get there, click “Join” (at the bottom of the banner picture) to engage others in conversation and to stay informed about new developments.