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August 24, 2010

Timeline announced for churchwide restructuring

In an August 24 e-mail to ELCA churchwide staff, ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson said wrote that that those drafting a churchwide restructuring proposal will present that proposal to the ELCA Church Council Oct. 8.

Planners, called the "churchwide organization design team," have made "steady progress" and "intentionally connected with our partners and governing bodies (Living into the Future Together [LIFT] Task Force, Conference of Bishops, ELCA Church Council's Executive and Planning and Evaluation committees)," Hanson wrote.

During an executive session (closed to media), the council "will be asked to affirm concepts as described in the proposal," including "personnel implications and potential amendments to the ELCA's governing documents," Hanson wrote.

"Notification of the changes in personnel, programs and operations will begin the week of October 11, 2010," Hanson wrote. "We anticipate that the Church Council will act on the final recommendations at its November 12-14, 2010 meeting."

Hanson asked for prayers for the design team and all of the churchwide organization.

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