The NALC vision calls for every congregation, small or large, to have an active, intentional relationship supporting a local community ministry, one of the NALC mission congregations in North America and one global mission. There are three categories of ministries in the NALC: Ministry Partners, Recognized Ministries, Great Commission Society Ministries.
Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Pastor Martha Shanka has been equipped with the gifts of teaching, preaching, and leading worship. She considers herself blessed to grow up in a Christian home and sees God's provision throughout her life. She attended a Bible college where she received a Bachelor's of Art degree. This led to teaching in congregations, going back to the previous Bible school she attended, and speaking at a variety of conferences.Learn More
“Healing the broken soul” is the mission statement of Nile Evangelical Church, which serves the Sudanese community in Rochester, NY. A congregation of the NALC originally established in 2005, Nile Evangelical proclaims the Word of God through preaching, the Sacraments, weekly Bible study, a women’s ministry that sings and visits women in the community, and youth ministry. Many in its community have suffered in Sudan, and have family there who continue to endure hardship.Learn More
Beginning with ten Oromo immigrants in 1998, the congregation has now grown to over 120 communicant members, and more than 90 children under the age of 16. Approximately 35% of the members have arrived in the United States within the last year. The congregation is consistently growing at a rate of 20% per year and is served by two bi-vocational pastors. Making disciples who make disciples who make disciples is the core identity of this congregation as they share the Good News of Jesus Christ.Learn More
The Oromo Evangelical Church of Houston (OEC) has worshiped in Houston since 2007; it joined the NALC in 2011 and was incorporated in 2012, also receiving NALC grant funding. During these years it has reached out to the community around it under the mission statement: “Preaching the revealed Jesus Christ for all nations and making them disciples.”Learn More
Targeting the many Ethiopian communities in the metro Denver area, the mission of Oromo Evangelical Church of Denver is “to declare and demonstrate the power of the gospel of Christ with clarity, simplicity and entirety, thereby restoring mankind to God’s original intention.” With one part-time employee and ten volunteers, plus members, their evangelism strategy is to preach the Gospel, knowing the neighborhoods they serve and befriending people in need.Learn More
Apply to be a GCS Ministry
The Great Commission Society (GCS) of the North American Lutheran Church endorses ministries seeking prayer and financial support from congregations and individuals. Questions? Get in touch with the Missions Office.