The Essence of Education Video Series

A three part video series featuring Dr. Shonta Smith who will guide a conversation about race and culture for these difficult times. For current ELEA members, the video series is available in Member Zone.


Centers for Wellness

ELCA Schools and Learning Centers who are current members of ELEA may utilize the Wellness Workbook to assist them in becoming a Center of Wellness. Non-ELEA members may purchase the Workbook for $100.00.
Contact us at if you are a non-member interested in the resource.
The full Workbook is available in our Members only section. View the video to learn more about what becoming a Center of Wellness can mean for your school or center.

Ministry of the Congregation

A Self Study of Ministry and Relationships For Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Schools and Early Childhood Center Programs. A Recognition Program administered by The Evangelical Lutheran Education Association of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Church and School Together in Ministry

Church and School: Together in Ministry

A self-study guide for congregations and educational centers operating TOGETHER IN MINISTRY to transform lives and change communities for the good.

  • Download the informational brochure.
  • Faith Formation Self Study Introduction PowerPoint & Faith Formation Self Study Workbook = $149.00.  ELEA Members can download for free in the MIC.

Creating and Improving your Board

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Early Childhood Center Board Manual

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Board Manual Appendix


Safe Havens - A Step-by-Step Guide

This resource is intended to guide your school, learning center and congregation as you create or renew your commitment to be a Safe Haven – a place where all are considered God’s children and are safe in every way to grow in faith and love and discover their gifts to serve and be served  in Jesus’ name. 
ELEA schools and learning centers are encouraged to use this resource to build and sustain trusted relationships and safe places and spaces for learning and care giving– and to develop guidelines in your ministry context for the prevention of abuse and harm of the children, youth  and the families we serve.
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“Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action” study guide

A study guide is now available for the ELCA’s newest social statement, Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action. The guide features six flexible sessions that can be customized for in-person gatherings or virtual meetings. Each session incorporates prayers, videos, engaging activities, Scripture study and invitations to live out the call to gender justice in the world. As Lutherans, we are called to serve the neighbor and affirm the diversity of God’s creation. Grounded in faith and love, we work for a gender justice that flows from the heart of Lutheran theology and cultivates abundant life for all people. Download the study guide.