About Us

We Lutherans in South Carolina are part of a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace — and there’s room for all here. Your questions, curiosity, passion and complexities are part of who you are, and you are a beloved child of the living God!

In the South Carolina Synod, we seek to respond to God’s love by loving him and serving the people he has created. There are ministries for – and with – all ages, not only in the state of South Carolina, but in many parts of the globe.

The South Carolina Synod is one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Quick Facts and Figures:

4.7 million people live within the synod territory

52,000 baptized Lutherans in the South Carolina Synod

154 congregations and worshiping communities – Find a congregation!

Three Companion Synods: Lutheran Churches in Japan, Tanzania and Colombia

South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers

Latino mission congregations

Active ministry organizations for all ages: College, Men, Women, Young Adult and Youth

Mission and Vision

God’s purpose for the people of the South Carolina Synod: Joining neighbors, serving boldly, loving all, through Christ.

Our Four Missional Priorities:

  • Equip congregations to engage in their communities
  • Deepen discipleship
  • Engage congregations and the synod in addressing issues of education in their communities
  • Engage congregations and the synod in addressing issues of poverty in their communities.

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Our Stories

The Blessing of the Animals,… and Plants, and…

It is that time of year when word of a Blessing of the Animals service is heard in many congregations. Saint Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals, and his commemoration takes place on October 4. Hence, if a congregation hosts a Blessing of Animals service, they typically plan their event near this date. There is, however, more for us to know about this blessing and about Saint Francis.

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Hurricane Recovery Updates

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