Companion Synod Relationships
“When companions engage one another in authentic relationships, everyone’s lives are changed.”
– Peggy Contos Hahn, former assistant to the bishop for global mission, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA; current Executive Director LEAD
Companion synod relationships of the ELCA connect Lutheran churches throughout the world with ELCA synods and congregations. These relationships are concrete expressions of the communion and fellowship with the more than 140 Lutheran member churches of The Lutheran World Federation. Each of the 65 synods has at least one international church companion and many have additional relationships, resulting in more than 120 companion synod relationships.
We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. Companion church relationships enrich and deepen our ministries by exposing us to global challenges and perspectives as we seek to work with one another to build up the body of Christ and the world.