The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Big changes in store for church operations

LIFT report influences governance, mission outreach and business

In a restructuring of historic proportions, voting members of the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly approved changes in the ways the denomination will govern itself, attempt to improve its mission outreach, and conduct its business in the years ahead. The changes include:

• A three-year cycle for Churchwide Assemblies.

• The elimination of current program committees attached to ELCA units.

• A review of synods' workings and possible redrawing of synodical boundaries.

• Planning a new way to prepare and adopt social statements.

• The possibility of adding members to the ELCA Church Council, which governs the church between assemblies.

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