The Church Council approved a process to study the “ecology of the ELCA,” requesting a report and recommendations at its April 2010 meeting.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson said he wished to “put all the questions on the table,” including “whether fewer synods are more effective,” the “size of the churchwide organization,” a larger Church Council, and “what belongs to congregations and what is most logically housed in synods or the churchwide” organization.
Hanson said Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod leaders are discussing sweeping reorganization. And Susan Johnson, national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, said the denomination is “looking at fewer synods and different ways of operating.”
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