Becoming a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America may be easier than you think – it’s all about opening your heart and mind, and getting involved. As a member, you may find meaningful connections with God, your community and all your neighbors in the world.

Attend a worship service at an ELCA congregation near you. Being a Lutheran means extending a welcome to people in the communities where you live, work and worship together. So we’d love to have you stop in for a visit.

Many of our congregations have programs designed especially for new members. If you have specific questions about the faith tradition and what we believe, you are free to contact the local pastor or lay leader at a congregation near you.

Never been baptized?

If you haven’t been baptized, the first step is to learn more about Baptism and the Christian faith. The Bible teaches us that God’s son Jesus loved all people — and invited us all to follow him and his way of life. Baptism makes us God’s children and unites us with Jesus, which is why we say that one is baptized “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Baptism is a gift, our entrance into the Christian church.

You can learn more about baptism by stopping by a congregation attend a worship service and ask to speak to a pastor. He or she will be happy to help guide you toward becoming a member of the ELCA.

As a practice, the ELCA opens its doors to all people, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or where they are on their journey along life’s path. We invite you to join us.