Do advocacy together as people of faith requires conversation, prayer, listening and moral discernment to identify why and how our advocacy is done. The following resources provide support for new advocates or those initiating new advocacy ministries:
- Starting an Advocacy Ministry in Your Congregation provides a step-by-step process to introduce advocacy as a congregational effort.
- ELCA Communical Discernment Task Force report, explores theology and models for communal discernment and offers step-by-step methods for conducting community discernment.
- Difficult Conversations: Taking Risks, Acting with Integrity by Katie Day
- The Public Conversations Project
- ELCA publication Talking Together As Christians About Tough Social Issues
- Biblical references to Advocacy and Justice
- Involving Involving Congregations in Advocacy Now (ICAN) is an ELCA guide to developing an advocacy ministry within your congregation
- That We May Speak is a step-by-step guide for congregations to choose an issue and begin a ministry of advocacy
Congregation and Nonprofit Political Activity Guides
Political and Lobbying Activities Guide for churches and religious organizations from the Internal Revenue Service
Convene a Bible study or small group with a focus on advocacy in Scripture and implications for Christian life today. Consider the following examples:
Called to Be Political (But I Don’t Want to be Political!) reviews Martin Luther’s teachings on the role of Christians in politics and explores how those teachings still speak to us. A two-hour program from the Women of the ELCA.
Poverty Study Guide from the Pennsylvania Council of Churches
God’s Love for the Poor study from the National Council of Churches
Convene a congregational “book club” to read and discuss a book about the role of the church in advocacy. Start with “Exodus from Hunger by David Beckmann of
Bread for the World hunger resources
Study the ELCA Social Statements and Messages in an adult education class. Many have study guides available.
Use and promote/display the following public witness one pagers:
How to write a letter to an elected official
How to make a visit with an elected official
How to write a letter to the editor
The latest issue of LAMPa Highlights e-newsletter and/or Annual Report.
Ask LAMPa for brochures to display with other materials from Lutheran agencies and institutions – you never know who might pick them up!