Establishing a Friendship Congregation Relationship
Several churches in our synod have “Friendship Congregation Relationships” with churches in the ELCIR. This is an excellent way to establish mutually supporting “Accompaniment” ministry relationships and to personalize support for ministries such as children’s summer camps, Bible schools, hunger programs for children and orphanages, scholarships to attend educational centers or seminary, internships for Russian seminary students in our churches, exchange visits, etc. Some of the churches partnering to help build a new church in Birsk have also supported a summer Family and Children’s Camp.
Bishop Arri Kuggapi has indicated that it would be helpful if more such relationships could be established.
Please call 218-724-4424, the Northeastern Minnesota Synod (ELCA) if you are interested in establishing a Friendship Congregation Relationship or would like information.