The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Connecting the dots

Cover piece, format tell stories of the ELCA

Few issues matter more for the ELCA’s future than healthy connections between its congregations, synods and churchwide offices. Without mutual support and interdependence, less will not be more, to mangle the architectural proverb.

So this month’s cover story ("Connections up and down the church") attempts to address where the
ELCA stands in the linkage of its three expressions. Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson ("Growing together") tells of “the many ways we gather and are strengthened as a church body by listening to and learning from one another” at those various levels.

The source of this self-examination comes from the
ELCA’s governing documents that say “congregations, synods, and the churchwide organization … shall be interdependent. Each part while fully the church recognizes that it is not the whole church and therefore lives in a partnership relationship with the others.”

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