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May 9, 2012

A Message from ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson on Structural Renewal

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson provides an update on the structural renewal process in her latest message to the church. A video of her message can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/VH3xYi8NCaA. Congregations are encouraged to share this message with their members.

Grace to you and peace in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

Many of you have been wondering since the Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod Convention what’s going to happen with the future of structural renewal.

Well, I first want to assure you that although MNO did not vote to amalgamate, they are very interested in picking up many of the ideas from structural renewal and moving towards implementation of those items.

In terms of the other synods and moving forward, it is business as usual full steam ahead!

The National Implementation Team and the Synod Implementation Teams think that this is still the best way to help our church move forward and become a structure that is flexible, affordable and sustainable.

The flexibility part may be challenging us a little bit at this time but we think that with all the synods we can work together towards a church that is in renewal both structurally and spiritually.

I ask you to pray for each of the synod conventions as they unfold over the next couple of months, and keep our whole church in prayer.

Thank you and God bless you!

Further information on the ELCIC's structural renewal process can be found online: http://elcic.ca/Structural-Renewal/default.cfm.

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