The ELCA is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God's grace in our lives. We also work hard to put our faith into action. In todays complex world, we strive to make a difference in practical, realistic ways. With nearly 10,000 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and nearly 3.8 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.