Martin Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus set sail from Europe and landed in the Western Hemisphere. Luther was a young monk and priest when Michaelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel in Rome...
Assignment completes candidacy for all people, including those ordained in another Lutheran church or Christian tradition, moving them toward first call and admittance to the appropriate roster in the ELCA...
The ELCA Conference of Bishops' Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Liaison Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by signing a joint statement during a Lutheran-Catholic service of Common Prayer.
Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, and the resulting debate about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity for almost 500 years.
Along with the shared leadership of congregations, synods and the churchwide organization, there are four elected churchwide officers who bring their enthusiastic faith and unique skills to their service on behalf of this church and its mission.
ELCA churchwide officers are elected to serve six-year terms through the actions of the Churchwide Assembly or the Church Council (Treasurer). The current officers are:
Their work, in partnership with and support of other leaders throughout the church, helps assure that we pursue our mission in this ever-changing world with integrity, mutual support and accountability, thoughtful planning and vision, effective administration, financial responsibility and consistent processes for decision making. In all of this, we are guided by the Holy Spirit and deeply rooted in Scripture, Lutheran theology and the traditions that nourish us and enable us to be a church that is both resilient and always being made new.
We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person--questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.