Bishop Steven and Ruth Ullestad will match dollar for dollar any gift given to the H. George Anderson Fund for Leaders by Dec. 31, 2019, up to $10,000.   The Ullestads are fully aware of the churchwide shortage of pastors and deacons, and the impact that seminary scholarships will have on the future of the […]

  In August hundreds of pastors, congregational leaders, and mission developers gathered in Maryland with Directors of Evangelical Mission and other Churchwide Staff for a week of learning, support, and inspiration focused around cultivating Congregational Vitality.   In 2017 the ELCA Church Council adopted Future Directions 2025 which outlines the goals and priorities of the […]

Saturday some 900 voting members from ELCA congregations around the country wrapped up a week of business, worship and learning as they ended the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. Although there was some frustration that there wasn’t time to address all the memorials that had come to the assembly (these will be addressed by the Churchwide Council), […]

This week ELCA members from around the country gathered in Milwaukee for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly.   The event began Monday afternoon with opening worship.  The first plenary session was held that evening where the first ballot was taken for election of the Presiding Bishop.  The next morning that ballot was declared invalid due to […]

The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly is meeting next week, August 5-10, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Here are some things you need to know.   What is a Churchwide Assembly? The ELCA Churchwide Assembly is the highest decision-making body in the ELCA.  It meets every three years and consists of voting members from every synod.  Voting members […]

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Augsburg Fortress have collaborated to develop a new prayer book as part of the implementing resolutions of the ELCA Social Statement, The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries. It is a book of reflection, Bible study, and prayer for those in jails, prisons, detention centers, and halfway […]