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May 8, 2014

ELCIC members encouraged to participate in new Word & Sacrament Ministry Study Guide

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) members are invited to explore the current reality for congregations in Canada with respect to Word and Sacrament ministry and reflect on how our Lutheran understanding of Word and Sacrament ministry might shape future options for the provision of ministry.

In the fall of 2012, the Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) of the ELCIC’s National Church Council (NCC) was asked to consider the question of licensing lay people for sacramental ministry. The underlying concern was for under-served communities desiring more regular access to a full ministry of Word and Sacrament. The FOD terms of reference were later to “the study of Word and Sacrament Ministry in the ELCIC.”

This Word and Sacrament Ministry Study Guide (available online: http://elcic.ca/faithorderdoctrine) is designed specifically for small groups, and church-wide participation is encouraged.

Deadline for responses is Monday, December 15, 2014.

Further information on the work of the Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee - and a copy of the study guide - is available online: http://elcic.ca/faithorderdoctrine/default.cfm.

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