Our mission congregations collage

New church starts in the ELCA are often referred to as “mission congregations.” These ministries are in the start-up phase of their development, leading up to their eventual organization as congregations of the North Carolina Synod of the ELCA.  Several congregations have remained mission congregations as they serve and walk alongside unique populations such as with our native sister and brothers on the boundary in Cherokee.

Joy of Discovery Lutheran Church

JOD is one of our African-Descent congregations that has been worshiping in Southeast Raleigh. They are expanding their reach through deep relationship with the NC Women’s Prison, BUGG Elementary School and the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities.

  • Ministry leader: Pastor Tim Poston
  • Worship: Sundays at 11:00 am
  • Where We Worship: 1950 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610 in the Fellowship Hall of Milner Presbyterian Church
  • Phone: 404-825-510

Christ South Lutheran Church

Part of Christ Lutheran Churches, Christ South is reaching out to the community in South Charlotte. It is especially engaging young families and young adults in their growing ministry. Christ South meets weekly for worship at Polo Ridge Elementary School

  • Ministry leader: Pastor Matt Simpkins
  • Worship: Sundays at 10 am
  • Phone: 615-491-6794
  • Address: 11830 Tom Short Rd., Charlotte 28277 @ Polo Ridge Elementary School

Emmaus, West Charlotte

Emmaus is the newest mission congregation in the NC Synod. They began worshipping in May 2018 and are investing in the West Charlotte community through mentoring, an arts program known as Expressions of Hope, and community care activities.

  • Ministry Leader: Dr. Shanitria Cuthbertson.
  • Worship Times: 11 am on Sundays, 4th Sunday of the month is community cares Sunday with service.
  • Address: Thomasboro Academy, 538 Bradford Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208.

Arbol de Vida Luterana – Tree of Life Lutheran

Arbol de Vida, led by German Santana, is a mission congregation in North Durham. They are currently working to establish relationships in the community and host ESL classes, a monthly women’s brunch, and gather weekly for worship and Bible study.

  • Sunday school for children and adults—1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Worship service—2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Bible study and prayer Wednesdays—7:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Ministry leader: German Santana
  • Phone: 301-404-9007
  • Address: 2109 N. Duke St., Durham 27704 @ Our Savior’s, Durham, NC

Christ’s Beloved Community (CBC)

CBC is located in South Winston-Salem and provides a community space and ministry that includes youth programming, food pantry, and worship. CBC will launch their worshipping community to the public this fall on Reformation Sunday. This is a joint mission plant between the ELCA and The Episcopal Church.

  • Ministry leader: The Rev. Chantal McKinney
  • Worship Times: Sundays at 1pm
  • Phone: 336-749-0018
  • Address: 3205 South Main St., Winston-Salem 27127 in the building of Christ, Lutheran.

Living Waters Lutheran Church

Located on the boundary in Cherokee, this community worships together on Sundays and Wednesdays. Additionally, they have a food pantry that serves four surrounding counties.

  • Ministry leader: Pr. Jack Russell
  • Worship: Sundays at 11:00 am
  • Address: 30 Locust Rd, Cherokee, 28719
  • Phone: 919-868-4166

Agape Evangelical Lutheran Community, Gastonia
Agape seeks to be a safe place where all people, especially those who are hurting, questioning, feeling rejected, unnoticed, or unwelcomed elsewhere can experience Jesus and unconditional love. Agape has intentional ministry to our LGBTQ sisters and brothers.

  • Ministry Leader: Deacon Deborah Johnson
  • Phone: 828-291-4129
  • Address: Location is currently changing – please contact Deacon Deb for worship location details.
  • Worship: Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm

Why Covenant?

Covenanting to be a mission partner is powerful. It allows your congregation to see their giving extend beyond their walls and affirms that as a church we are better together. For our mission developments, planned and consistent giving allows them to dream God’s dream for their community knowing that funding will be available to implement programs, outreach efforts, and shared ministry where God is calling them. Generally, funding from the churchwide and synodical expressions pays salaries of our mission developers. Mission partner giving makes ministry happen, giving flight to the Spirit.

Ways to Partner

  • Prayer: We ask your commitment to lift up this community in prayer by name in worship.
  • Advocate & Storyteller: Appoint an advocate who will champion the story of this mission development. They commit to keep your congregation “in the know” about what is happening at the mission development and explore further ways to partner.
  • Financial Commitment: We ask your congregation to make a planned, consistent gift. Planned giving allows the mission development to plan ahead and dream for ministry. No gift is too small
  • —$50 can make an impact to a mission development. We have congregations that give $50 and ones that give $5,000. Additionally, consider using endowment gifts to support the congregation.
  • Shared Learnings & Experiences: Whether it’s a pulpit or music exchange or an educational event together, we encourage partners to engage in shared learning and experiences. Also, many of our mission developments have opportunities for congregations to serve together fostering deeper relationship and commitment to the ministry.