A NEWS RELEASE
From the Office of the Bishop
Winnipeg, November 14, 2001 (ELCIC) -- A consultation in Winnipeg, October 26–27, 2001, provided key leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) with an opportunity to meet as colleagues and partners in ministry, to share experiences from their unique perspectives, to discuss plans for mission and ministry, and to recommend ways to work together as synods and a national church.
The consultation was convened by the ELCIC’s National Church Council (NCC) in response to the positive evaluations of previous consultations, a recent review of the Working Groups model, and the emerging vision of a more clearly articulated working structure for the national church and the synods. Several key areas emerged over the two-day event.
The synodical and national representatives strongly endorsed a model of consultation and collaboration over the two-year period between national conventions. Through a regular sequence of meetings, items for discussion and action will emerge and move through the various expressions of the church in a deliberate and intentional way. This consultative process will involve the Conference of Bishops and the officers, councils, and staff of the national church and the synods.
Another key discussion point was action taken by the 1995 National Convention to define the roles and responsibilities of the national church and the synods (NC 95-11). While affirming the principle of that action, consultation participants recommended to NCC that the list of responsibilities be reviewed and revised as needed and then presented to synods for their agreement.
The consultation also encouraged the NCC to review national conventions and to explore changes in size, format, and composition in order to make conventions more effective and affordable. Participants also urged the ELCIC to plan and hold regular “church festivals” open to all that would meet the need for the church to gather for encouragement, education and nurture in the faith.