Through the Evangelical Declaration we are committed to mission as a way of life, seeking to engage all people in the mission of the church at a personal and relational level; to be disciples and to make disciples of Christ as a people of God for others. In this context, Mission in the World seeks to engage the ELCIC in international mission.
The ELCIC is engaged in mission worldwide through the communion of the Lutheran World Federation. Within this communion, the ELCIC's eight partner church relationships provide the foundation and focus for Mission in the World. Five of the eight partner churches are now twinned with ELCIC Synods in the Companion Synod Program as a way of facilitating engagement in international mission at the synodical, congregational and personal level.
- United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina (IELU)
- Companion with the Saskatchewan Synod
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon (EELC)
- Companion with the Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO)
- Companion with the Synod of Alberta and the Territories
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana (ELCG)
- Companion with the Eastern Synod
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan (ELCJ)
- Peruvian Evangelical Lutheran Church (ILEP)
- Companion with the British Columbia Synod
- Salvadoran Lutheran Synod (SLS)
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG)
Mission in the World programs provide a tool box for building on the foundation of partner church relationships. The Long-term Missionary, Short-term Missionary and Volunteers in Mission (VIM) programs provide three possible streams of service for ELCIC members. Through the Companions in Mission program, the ELCIC is able to host personnel from partner churches and receive their gifts and insights. Missionary and Mission Sponsorship provide participants with opportunities to develop relationships with ELCIC missionaries and Patagonia Mission pastors and provide directed gifts for their support. Directed gifts consistently account for about half of the Mission in the World annual budget. Grants are also provided to partner churches by Mission in the World and an agreement two years ago between GHDA and CLWR has expanded the capacity to provide grants for church partnership projects.
While the focus is on partner churches, Mission in the World has responded to other opportunities. Through networking and joint placements, missionaries have been placed in many other countries and the Volunteers in Mission program has opportunities in for people to go away from home and serve in other parts of Canada.