Membership in ELEA is open to:

  • ELCA congregations which operate a school or ECE center.

  • Schools and centers operated by an association of congregations with at least one being ELCA, an ELCA college, or an agency affiliated with ELCA.

  • Individuals who are current or former educators and support the purpose of ELEA but are not currently employed by an ELCA school or ECE center.

  • Associate membership is open to ELCA full communion partner schools and ECE centers that do not receive support services from their church body for its educational ministry."

ELEA's membership year is a full twelve months, regardless of when you join. Renewal notices are mailed approximately one month before memberships expire. A membership certificate, suitable for framing, is mailed upon receipt of the membership application and dues. In addition, there are several mailings per year to members, including a directory of members, pertinent materials regarding benefits, and useful resources.

Dues are $295 per year, which is for an institutional membership, which covers the entire church and school community. Individual memberships are available at half-price for those who are NOT employed at an ELCA or full communion partner school or center. Individual members are not eligible to participate in employee benefits plans, accreditation, or testing programs.

Download a membership application (PDF file) or

Choose below an online registration form for either new or renewal memberships
and pay online with a credit card or PayPal account

Institutional Online Membership Form

Individual Online Membership Form