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Words from the Bishop - We are the church together
I have recently returned from a meeting of the Conference of Bishops, followed by a meeting of the Region 1 Governing Council. I am keenly aware of being church together. What is the Conference of Bishops? We are 65 Synodical Bishops plus the Presiding Bishop and Secretary. Together we are the one body that can come together claiming that we have been in nearly every congregation in the ELCA. No other body can claim that—not the Church Council, not the Advisory and Governing Boards of our Church. We are church together.
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.