Respond with Discipleship

dis·ci·ple·ship noun [di-ˈsī-pəlˈship]

  • a: discipleship is a lifelong journey of living out and spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • b: disciples are followers of Jesus who are intent on carrying out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19–20) and the Great Command (Acts 1:8).

Women of the ELCA participants are active disciples in many ways. They practice the seven marks of discipleship: praying, studying, worshiping, inviting, encouraging, serving, and giving. Whether it be making quilts and health and school kits for Lutheran World Relief or studying the Bible together, or assisting in worship, they grow in faith and share what they’ve learned with friends and neighbors.

Below are some resources you can use as you go on your discipleship journey.

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Our Journey to Wellness

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We are called to be Christ’s light in the world, and when we care for our whole being—body, mind, and spirit—we are most able to do that. Learn how in Our Journey to Wellness.

Listening to God


This resource was written for Women of the ELCA by Debra Farrington, a popular author and motivational speaker. It consists of six flexible hour-long sessions exploring what it means for an individual to discern God's hopes and desires for her life and what it means for a group to discern what their God-given gifts are for ministry. Ideal for a small group in either a retreat or workshop setting.

Celebrating Bold Women's Day

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Celebrating Bold Women’s Day is full of ideas to make your celebration special. Whether you're planning one event, many events or even just want to observe Bold Women's Day individually, this resource is a handy planning guide.

Lent: Penitence, Pilgrimage, Preparation

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Our resource engages your imagination as you explore Lenten practices and our Christian history. Intended for use by a group, this resource also includes Lenten practices, some of which can be taken up immediately and others that call for additional preparation.

Called to...series »

This series of eight programs for groups, each designed to take about 60-90 minutes, offers a wide variety of opportunities to explore together what God is calling you to be and to do.


A Different Kind of Journey: Advent as a Walk, Not a Sprint


A Different Kind of Journey offers several practices to explore, each helping you discover what is waiting to be born in you in the upcoming Advent season. Whichever of the practices you adopt, you are invited to follow Mary's example and ponder things in your heart as we await the coming of Jesus.

Gifts for You: Opening Your Spiritual Gifts

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Discovering or recovering your spiritual gifts and exploring how you can better use them is part of growing in faith and discipleship. Gifts for You, complete with two Bible studies, will help you in that discovery with its spiritual gifts assessment.

Knitting as a Spiritual Practice

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Knitting, a once grandmotherly craft, has been rediscovered. New generations of women are toting their knitting bags around, making scarves, hats and prayer shawls. Knitting has also emerged as a spiritual practice that opens a way to meditation. Understand the connection between craft and spirituality with his simple scarf project that will help you practice deliberate focus and meet the Divine as you work.

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