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THE PURPOSE OF THE BOOK OF FAITH INITIATIVE IS TO INCREASE BIBLICAL LITERACY AND FLUENCY FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD.


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has made a commitment to encourage all members of our congregations, from children to adults, to dig deeper into our book of faith, the Bible. The Book of Faith Initiative recommends a new model for our church. A grass-roots approach embracing a common vision in which all are invited to open scripture and join the conversation. Each community is encouraged to decide how the Book of Faith Initiative will become a vital part of its own ministry.



THE LIFE OF FAITH INITIATIVE


The Life of Faith Initiative is a new grassroots effort within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that seeks to connect the Book of Faith initiative to the many and varied forms of service to neighbors through family, workplace, school, local community, and world. Each expression of the church, beginning with the primary expression lived out by all the baptized, is encouraged to develop approaches and resources in order to make the Life of Faith initiative a vital part of its reason for existence.



THE HEIN-FRY BOOK OF FAITH CHALLENGE


The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge if a project jointly sponsored by the seminaries of the ELCA, the Hein-Fry Planning Team, and the Book of Faith initiative. It launched in 2015.

Year One and Year Two highlights

THE GOSPEL OF MARK: THE NEVERENDING STORY


A collection of resources created for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, including two PowerPoint presentations and two supporting documents. The story-by-story art panels, historical factoids, thoughtful questions, and literary insights (help sheets) offer guidance for a unique journey through the story line of Mark's Gospel.

Mark: The NeverEnding Story files



BOOK OF FAITH INITIATIVE:


The June 2014 issue of Currents in Theology and Mission is dedicated to the Book of Faith Initiative. The editors of Currents are kindly making the issue available for downloading at no cost.

Download issue here

STORY MATTERS


Story Matters: A new resource designed to help your congregation discover and articulate its unique identity and mission. Story Matters will help to:
  • Discern your congregation’s story
  • Explore and live into your congregation’s story
  • Engage your congregation in its mission planning
  • Challenge your congregation to live out its mission
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MISSION TABLE


In a time of declining mainline Protestant church attendance, Bouman reminds us that the Holy Spirit is still very much at work in our communities and in the world. God continues to make all things new, and calls us to join this mission of reconciliation, restoration, and renewal. Each chapter of this book contains Bible references and questions for individual and group reflection, study, and action. Learn More


NEW ARTICLES AND RESOURCES


Fun Quotes From Luther
What Lutherans Think About The Bible
Attitudes We Bring to Scripture
Some Helpful Ways to Read the Bible
Reproducible articles from Lutheran Study Bible


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