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Global Mission Partners Congregational Resources

Congregational Resources

Explore accompaniment as the “why” and “how” of mission and learn methods of application in various ministry areas, including cross-cultural relationships, migration and immigration, cross-generational ministry, interfaith dialogue, worship that includes global music and stories, peace and non-violence and short-term mission trips. Become familiar with how you are in relationship with Lutheran companions in more than 120 countries through companion synod relationships. Deepen your knowledge about how the ELCA’s global engagement has changed in the 21st century.

21st Century 

These resources provide an overview of the work of the ELCA in relationship with our global companions, The Lutheran World Federation and the planning documents that act as foundational documents of accompaniment.


Review an introduction to accompaniment methodology as the ELCA’s “why” and “how” of mission, and practice global and local mission engagement using this lens and methodology.

Companion Synods 

The companion synod program is a concrete expression of the communion fellowship among the 142 member churches of The Lutheran World Federation, and an exciting way that ELCA members can engage!


The linked resources can help you plan and organize service learning and short-term mission trips.


ELCA Glocals are capacity-building events that gather teams of congregational leaders for a day and a half of worship, skill-building workshops, plenary sessions and conversation on global and local mission.


Accompaniment can be embodied in worship and music through receiving the witness, story and music of our global companions. Learn, lead and share in worship that lifts global voices from various contexts here and around the world.