The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland supports the principle of the welfare state. The safeguarding of citizens' welfare accords with the Lutheran understanding of the role of authority.
The diaconal work of parishes is based on the principle of love for one's neighbour. Those in need of help can discuss their situation in confidence with diaconal workers, and participate in various support groups. The parishes also offer concrete assistance in the form of food packages and the like.
Finn Church Aid specialises in international diaconal work, undertaking aid work in the world's poorest countries, and further work is done with the state and other parties committed to the principles of humanitarian development and aid.
The church is also committed to principles of responsible investment.