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Words from the Bishop - Words from the Bishop--What in the world is the ELCA Church Council?
I spent the last weekend with the ELCA Church Council, so I will tell you. The ELCA Church Council is the legislative body that makes decisions for the ELCA when the Churchwide Assembly is not in session. The Assembly meets every three years, and the Council meets at least twice a year. Much of what the Council does is to review work done at the request of the previous Assembly, and prepare issues and approaches for the upcoming Assembly. The Church Council is working with the staff in anticipation of the 2016 Churchwide Assembly.
Montana Synod Strategic Benchmarks
Our Mission: "Marked by the cross of Christ forever, abundantly blessed, we faithfully serve God and neighbor."
Our Vision: "Every person a witness, Every minister equipping witness, Every congregation and ministry, empowered for witness, serving faithfully."
The Montana Synod will measure its own faithfulness to our mission and vision and to the task of providing leadership to the Montana Synod by the following benchmarks:
1. Meet the future boldly.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart. (Jer 29:11-13)
We will take risks for the sake of the Gospel, remembering that Jesus said that whoever wants to save your life will lose it, and the only way to be a disciple is to pick up a cross and follow. We will learn from our conversations with congregations and we will model faithful, visionary ministry that is more prophetic than safe.