Conference of Bishops
Bishop Schultz and the five synod bishops met on a number of occasions during the last biennium to consider issues of common concern. The bishops review policy and procedures and strive to develop common practice across the synods. They also make recommendations to National Church Council on issues referred to them and often make suggestions to NCC about policy matters.
An amendment to the ELCIC Administrative Bylaws will be presented at the convention that will officially establish a Conference of Bishops and define the terms of reference for the Conference.
Among items considered by the bishops and subsequently discussed by NCC were new guidelines dealing with initial calls and non-stipendiary ministry. These guidelines (Appendix #4 and Appendix #5, Page X-17-20) were approved by National Church Council at their March 2003 meeting.
The bishops have also met twice in the last biennium with the Anglican House of Bishops. These meetings have helped to cement the relationship with our full communion partner and have provided a forum for discussion on common issues.