2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Guidebook

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Guidebook


Start using the guide today with these easy steps:

  1. Go to https://guidebook.com/g/2019cwa/ to find links to the iOS and Android versions of the ELCA Organizations & Events app.
  2. Download the ELCA Organizations & Events app for your tablet or phone. Voting members should plan on using at least a 9” tablet for the business of the assembly. If you don’t have one, a tablet will be provided. The minimum requirement for Apple devices is iOS version 11.0 or later and greater than 9-inch screen. The minimum requirements for Android devices are Android OS version 5.0 and greater than 9-inch screen size. Android users should be sure to install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app. 
  3. Download the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly guide. You shouldn't be prompted, but the passphrase is 2019cwa.

How-to resources


Top Ten Tips for Assembly Guidebook Users

10. How do I install the Guidebook app?
 9.  How can I access documents before the assembly?
 8.  How do I make sure I have the latest assembly documents in my guide?
 7.  Where do I find most of the churchwide assembly business documents?
 6.  How do I move around inside the guide and inside a document?
 5.  Should I log into the guide?
 4.  How do I add items to the “My Schedule” feature?
 3.  How can I make text or maps in the guide bigger/
 2.  How do I get help with the guide?
 1.  What is the number 1 thing to remember?


10. How do I install the Guidebook app?

  1. On your Android or iOS device, go to: https://guidebook.com/g/2019cwa/
  2. Click the button to “Download the guide.”
  3. After downloading and installing the app, open the app and select the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly guide, which should be “Featured.” If you don’t see it, use the “Find guides” option to search for it.

9. How can I access documents before the assembly?

If you are using your own iOS or Android device at the assembly, follow the installation instructions above. If you are borrowing an iPad onsite at the assembly, you can access a web version of the assembly guide now by going to: www.tinyurl.com/2019cwaguide Note that the web version of the guide lacks some features that are available in the app version (no notifications, )

Feel free to install the Guidebook app (see instructions above) on your smartphone or personal tablet. Viewing documents can be a challenge on a smartphone, but much of the other information in the guide is handy to have in your pocket.

8. How do I make sure I have the latest assembly documents in my guide?

If a new or revised document is uploaded to the guide, that update will automatically appear in your guide after about 5 minutes. In order to see the document, you may need to navigate over to a different section (the “About the Assembly” can act as kind of a “Home” for this purpose), then return back to where you expect the new document to appear.

You don’t have to wait five minutes for an automatic update, in order to request an update at any time, press the “Check for updates” button at the top of the navigation bar. That button is the two arrows in a circle.

7. Where do I find most of the churchwide assembly business documents?

The Pre-Assembly Report section of the guide has 13 sections of Adobe Acrobat files to support the work of the assembly. Looking for the Order of Business? Check the “Schedule & Events” section of the guide.

6. How do I move around inside the guide and inside a document?

Use the left hand navigation to move around in sections of the guide. If you’re somewhere deep in the content, sometimes the easiest way to “escape” is to tap the “About the Assembly” section to get “home” again.

For short moves inside a PDF you can scroll by swiping up or down. You can also use the page up page down controls, or jump to a specific page. Some documents have a table of contents you can use to navigate to sections of the document. In the iPad, if a table of contents exists, it can be accessed by tapping the “Outlines” link in the bottom left-hand corner. To search for a word or phrase in a PDF on the iPad, tap next to the red rectangle "page viewport" in the bottom-right corner of the screen and then enter your search term in the top-right.

5. Should I log into the guide?

You can create a free user account with Guidebook. The main advantage of that is that it allows you to sync your My Schedule across devices. You can find “My Schedule” in the “Schedule & Events” section of the guide. You can also check-in to the guide and connect with other assembly participants through the “Attendees” module, located in the “Announcements” section of the guide. Once you have set up a profile in the guide, you can also do private “Messaging” other users inside the app (also in the “Announcements” section).

4. How do I add items to the “My Schedule” feature?

In the “Schedule” section of the guide you can pick “My Schedule” and tap the little “+” symbol in the upper-right side of the screen to add your own custom entry to your schedule. You can also add items from the main assembly Schedule to your personal My Schedule. Find more information about this feature here.

3. How can I make text or maps in the guide bigger?

Most tablets and phones allow you to zoom in on the content with gestures on the screen. You can zoom in by putting your thumb and index finger together, putting them in the center of the screen, and then moving your fingers apart. You can zoom back out by pinching your fingers together on the display.

2. How do I get help with the guide?

During a plenary session if you hold up a yellow card, a floor volunteer (usually wearing a yellow shirt) will come to assist you. There is also a Technology Support table at the back of the plenary hall. When plenary is not in session, you’ll usually find someone at a Technology Support table in Hall D. You can also call 800/380-2472 or write to guidebook@elca.org for help.

1. What is the number 1 thing to remember?

ALWAYS CHARGE YOUR TABLET OVERNIGHT!