The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Churchwide Assembly: Assembly affirms ethnic strategies

A new strategy will equip the ELCA to undertake “intensified outreach with the gospel among ... Arab and Middle Eastern communities” in the U.S. With a 858-6 vote, the assembly adopted a strategy to encourage “bridges across history, lands and cultures.”

The action calls for identifying and equipping leaders for these ministries. It reinforces the ELCA’s partnership in ministry with Arab and Middle Eastern congregations in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Dearborn, Mich.; and Chicago. And it recommends that at least five more congregations be started by 2015.

“We are really excited about this strategy,” said Victor C. Langford, Northwest Washington Synod. “There are a lot of Middle Eastern people in the Northwest. We are aware of the need to address this opportunity for ministry.”

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