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Pass It On Project

Receive free Bibles for your congregation

Luther Seminary Masters of Divinity alumni serving within the first five years of their first call can receive free Bibles for the pews of their new congregations. The Bibles will be inscribed with invitations to take the book home or to wherever else it is needed.

David and Andrea HayesDonors David and Andrea Hayes started The Bible Initiative: Pass It On Project as a tribute to David's father, Lloyd P. Hayes. Lloyd Hayes

Read more about The Bible Initiative: Pass It On Project in Story Magazine.

To learn more about the Pass It On Project, contact Seminary Relations at Luther Seminary.


Frequently asked questions

How do we get started?

Send confirmation to Luther Seminary on church letterhead that a motion has been passed by the church council to participate and replace the Bibles when half gone. Please include:

  • The estimated number of Bibles that will be needed for the first year, (i.e., number for weekly Bible studies, gifts to the fifth-grade class on Sunday, all worship services, etc.)

  • The number of Bibles requested for the initial order

  • A delivery address

  • A contact person, phone number and email address

How can we confirm our order?

A letter of confirmation with book plates and bookmarks will be sent to the congregation

When are orders filled?

Orders are fulfilled in March, June and September and December.

What type of Bibles will we receive?

Standard: Zondervan pew Bible; NRSV; black hard-cover; 1.4" thick; 8.76" x 5.68"
We also offer large-print (Zondervan NIV; navy hard-cover; 16/case; 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; 12-point type) and Spanish-language (NVI; blue soft-cover; 24/case; 5.5" x 8.5"; 8-point type) editions.

What about replacement Bibles?

Luther Seminary no longer offers replacement Bibles. Therefore, replacement Bibles can be ordered from any source of congregations choice. Luther Seminary will provide a bookplate and bookmarks for the replacement Bibles.

How will people know they can take the Bible?

Bookplate for BiblesBookplates will be provided by Luther Seminary to be placed inside the front cover. These will indicate that the Bible is part of the Bible Initiative: Pass It On Project. The bookplate reads:

The mission at Luther Seminary is to educate leaders for Christian communities. Our leaders are equipped to share the Word of God so people know God's love and grace. If you or someone you know needs the Word of God, please accept this Bible as a gift from the seminary. The Bible will be replaced. Pass on the Word!

Can my congregation receive anything else?

If you are interested in any additional materials, contact the Communication Office at