The synod is called upon to help our congregations live into the question, “Who are we called to be at this time and place?” Through collaborative mission renewal, strategy, and local mission partnership, the synod offers many opportunities for congregations seeking to revitalize their ministry and live further into their callings to be church, here & now.
New Mission Starts
In collaboration with the Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA, the Saint Paul Area Synod works to go and make new disciples. In some instances this has led to efforts to launch new mission starts. These new starts are not any more special than existing ministries - they simply have come to be because the need was discerned for church to exist in these new ways. Currently, the Saint Paul Area Synod has seven new starts under development as well as several mission explorations on the horizon.
Knowing that every congregation is unique in who they are and where they serve, the mission strategy process is designed to be flexible and contextual, helping churches to answer questions about who they are called to be. The process helps congregations reclaim their own identity while listening deeply to the community around them, shaping a plan for the future and providing a foundation for continued discernment about where God is leading them.
Local Mission Partners
Local mission partnership is the lifeblood of new and renewing congregations in the Saint Paul Area Synod. Centered around the principles of prayer, presence, and presents, we recognize that new mission starts and redevelopment efforts could not happen without these principles. However, local mission partnership goes beyond that. It means support, love, and willingness to learn together and share each other's experiences.
Young Adult Initiative
Through immersion trips, experiential learning opportunities, and co-horts, the young adult initiative works to build local and global partnerships, embolden public witness to justice and service, and welcome new possibilities.