Plan for Mission

Welcome to the Plan for Mission resource page. This resource page provides you a visual way to explore and download the many types of resources we have available. You may also use our powerful search engine to find other resources not listed here. 

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Churchwide Organization Chart

This is the Churchwide Organization organizational chart for October 2010 and into the future.

Churchwide Organization Chart

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Churchwide Organization Reorganization

This is a message to rostered leaders from Bishop Mark S. Hanson about the churchwide organization restructuring in October 2010.

Churchwide Organization Reorganization

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Design Rationale

This is the Design Proposal for the Churchwide Organization Narrative and Rational from October 2010.

Design Rationale

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Outcomes of the Churchwide Organization

This is the direction for the churchwide organization for the 2006-2007 biennium.

Outcomes of the Churchwide Organization

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Plan for Mission Governance

This is the Plan for Mission Governance Document from 2004 prepared by the Church Council Executive Committee.

Plan for Mission Governance

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Plan for Mission History

This is the plan history of the Plan for Mission.

Plan for Mission History

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Plan for Mission Proposal Overview

This is the Plan for Mission proposal overview from 2004.

Plan for Mission Proposal Overview

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Authorization for Ministry

An essay by Timothy Wengert on the goal of ministry and the distinction between lay and clergy in the office of ministry.

Authorization for Ministry

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Communio Ecclesiology

This is an essay by Vitor Westhelle on the church in transit/transitions, the public/private, globalization and imperialism and meeting at the cross both in a resurrected Christian sense and in the sense of it being a place where two worlds meet.

Communio Ecclesiology

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Context for Ministry

This is contextual information for the strategic planning process.

Context for Ministry

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Ecclesiology, Mission and Structure

This is an essay by H. George Anderson about ecclesiology.

Ecclesiology, Mission and Structure

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The End of the Public Office of Ministry

An essay by Timothy Wengert on Reformation eschatology and how it affects the public office of ministry today.

The End of the Public Office of Ministry

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The Future of ELCA Institutions

This is a keynote address by Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson on the future of ELCA institutions.

The Future of ELCA Institutions

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Gathered and Scattered

This is an essay by Martha Stortz explaining the symbiosis between worship and service.

Gathered and Scattered

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A Liturgical Perspective

An essay by Thomas Schattauer on the selection and designation of people for the office of ministry.

A Liturgical Perspective

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Lutherans are Jesus People

This is an essay by Mark Allan Powell on how loving Jesus leads to worship and all else flows from that.

Lutherans are Jesus People

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Ministry of Word and Sacrament

An essay by Thomas Schattauer on the ministry of word and sacrament.

Ministry of Word and Sacrament

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Ministry and Lay Presidency from a Mission Perspective

An essay by Maria Erling on the post-Christendom society of the North and how the purpose of the office of ministry is to bring the congregation in deep engagement with the world.

Ministry and Lay Presidency from a Mission Perspective

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Ordination from the Perspective of Mission

An essay by Maria Erling on how the purpose of the office of ministry is to bring the congregation in deep engagement with the world.

Ordination from the Perspective of Mission

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Ordination and Scripture

An essay by Sarah Henrich that explores call, ordination and public ministry through an exegesis of Scripture.

Ordination and Scripture

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Reflections on ELCA Mission Statement

This is an essay by Marc Kolden that states we need to proclaim the gospel so people may be baptized and then serve the world.

Reflections on ELCA Mission Statement

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Reflections on ELCA Strategic Planning

This is an essay by Diane Jacobson commenting on the ELCA mission and vision.

Reflections on ELCA Strategic Planning

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Third Millenium

This is an essay by Winston Persaud on how the gospel is the theological center of our lives as Christians.

Third Millenium

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