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Ministries Overview

The Synod office exists to serve the rostered leaders, lay leaders, congregations and members of the Grand Canyon Synod.

Below, you will find the various areas of ministry and opportunities in our Synod. Browse through these pages and learn more about what the Holy Spirit is doing in this place!

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Stewardship Table

The Stewardship Table seeks to glorify God by assisting individuals and congregations to identify, develop, and use their resources to further the kingdom of God on earth.

Narrative Spending Plan

Here are two companion files that will help you explain how the money sent to the Grand Canyon Synod is utilized for ministry.  GCS Narrative Spending Plan PowerPoint has speaker's notes and the GCS Narrative Spending Plan is a PDF handout to accompany the slide show.

Here also is a link to the ELCA's Narrative Spending plan. Note the WDMOG Infographic.

Your congregation, council, and new members are curious to know 'Where Does My Offering Go?' and will celebrate what God is doing through their congregation's giving to the Grand Canyon Synod and the ELCA!    

For more information about developing Stewardship in your congregation:

  • Cavanaugh, William T., Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2008. A thought-provoking book that names the addiction our society has toward consumerism. We desire what we do not have, but God has given us more than we need.

  • Christopher, J Clif, Not Your Parents Offering Plate. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008. A good read for any stewardship team who wants to name and understand the changing trends in congregation life and giving.

  • Lane, Charles R., Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation, 2006. Probably the most read practical book by Lutheran pastors and stewardship leaders

  • Powell, Mark Allen, Giving to God: The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006. Read Powell’s book for a renewed theology in grasping what it means to be a steward. The book is packed with biblical quotes and insight which can assist in preaching and teaching.

  • Satterlee, Craig, Preaching and Stewardship: Proclaiming God’s Invitation to Grow. Herndon: The Alban Institute, 2011. This book belongs on any pastor’s list of books to read in order to preach a stewardship sermon that invites a congregation to increase their generosity as a response to the good news of God.

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Ministry Partners

ELCA Partner Synod

International Companion Synods

 

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Education

There are many wonderful ways that you can support Christian education in the Grand Canyon Synod and throughout the ELCA.

Please navigate through the info and links below to find out what opportunities await you...

Campus Ministries

The Lutheran Campus Ministers serving on your behalf:

Colleges and Universities

The Grand Canyon Synod supports California Lutheran University with funds from our general budget as well as with funds directed from our congregations. For more info about other ELCA colleges and universities, go to ELCA web site.

Schools and Early Childhood Centers

To view a list of ELCA Schools and Early Childhood Centers click here to be redirected to the ELCA website.

The Grand Canyon Synod has ten schools in Arizona that are eligible to receive tuition scholarships through ACSTO. The schools are:

  • Christ the Servant (K), Henderson

  • New Covenant Child Dev. Center (K), Scottsdale

  • Tanque Verde Lutheran School (K), Tucson

  • Beautiful Savior Academy (K), Tucson

  • Christian Preparatory Academy (K-6), Rock Point

  • Noah's Ark (K), Mesa

  • Resurrection Child Dev. Center (K), Oro Valley

Please visit ACSTO for information and directions on how to give your completely free contribution.

Seminaries

Through the generosity of members of the Grand Canyon Synod, we are able to financially support Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and we are able to support the seminary education of specific individuals at various seminaries.

We often receive thanks from the seminaries and their candidates for our financial support. Please know that we accept their gratitude on behalf of all members of this Synod. We encourage you to continue to support our seminaries through your own individual gifts or through the budget of your congregation.

To learn more about other ELCA seminaries, click here.

Warner Trust Grants

For questions about the Warner Trust, please contact the Grand Canyon Synod Office at 602.957.3223.

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Youth Ministry

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Grand Canyon Synod Women of the ELCA

If you would like to learn more about the Grand Canyon Synod WELCA, please contact president Myrna Wells-Ulland or visit their website. For news and information on the Women of the ELCA (national chapter) please visit their website.

The Churchwide organization of WELCA has awarded two grants to organizations in our Synod.

The first grant is to the Valley Youth Organization, Inc., in Prescott Valley, Arizona, for the Stepping Stones Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency Program (amount awarded $3,000). These funds will be used to work with women one-on-one to help them set and achieve empowerment and self-sufficiency goals.

The second grant is to the World Hunger Ecumenical Arizona Task-Force, Inc. (WHEAT) in Phoenix, Arizona, for the Mentoring & Training Program (amount awarded $2,000). These funds will be used to empower women in need through job training, skill building, social support, and positive guidance.

The granting of funds to organizations and programs that support the needs and the development of women is one way the purposes of Women of the ELCA is fulfilled. Since 1990 grants given by WELCA in support of women and children have totaled over three and a half million dollars.