Voting members adopted a strategic plan for mission (838-25) in one of the last actions of the 2003 Churchwide Assembly. Throughout the week in his reports, Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson spoke passionately about the five strategic directions of the plan "Faithful Yet Changing" (www.elca.org/planning/).
Earlier the Church Council approved the mission statement: "Marked by the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world."
The five strategic directions were developed from suggestions provided by more than 30,000 ELCA members across the church.
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