The 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly directed “the Church Council to establish a Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church comprised of leaders of diverse representation from all three expressions that, working in consultation with the Conference of Bishops and the Church Council, shall reconsider the statements of purpose for each of the expressions of this church, the principles of its organizational structure, and all matters pertaining thereunto, being particularly attentive to our shared commitment to dismantle racism, and will present its findings and recommendations to the 2025 Churchwide Assembly in preparation for a possible reconstituting convention to be called under the rules for a special meeting of the Churchwide Assembly.” (Additional information can be found here).
At its November 2022 meeting, the ELCA Church Council authorized the establishment of a Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church (CRLC) to consist of no more than 35 voting members. The commission will be composed of three voting members from each region of this church, for a total of 27, and up to eight at-large voting members.
The ELCA holds high expectations for and grants significant trust to a commission that leads the work to reconsider the statements of purpose and the principles of this church’s organizational structure, and “all matters pertaining thereunto.” The commission leads this work on behalf of the whole denomination, and the process comprises different phases across a nearly 24-month period. Each phase contributes significantly toward a faithful outcome, and members are engaged during each phase:
Potential members of the commission must be prepared to devote significant time and energy toward the tasks with which they might be entrusted. Over the course of the commission’s work, membership commitment entails:
Additional information about the commitments and expectations can be found here.
In the spirit of robust engagement and transparency, the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Council has begun a process to identify two potential nominees/applicants from the synod as a part of the overall process noted above. The synod’s process is in addition to the ELCA Churchwide application/nomination process found here. All nominations/applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee for the Synod Council who will help the Synod Council to make a final decision on its two nominees. The synod’s nomination/application form will close on Sunday, February 26th at 11:59pm (CST).
To best ensure that the Commission for a Renewed Lutheran Church best represents the diversity of our church, we invite you to directly engage with congregation members, deacons, and pastors who will best serve our church in this function. Below are a couple of examples you can use in your newsletter and bulletins to share this process widely and ensure that we best position the ELCA for the future!
If you have any questions or need support completing this nomination form, please contact the Rev. Carla Thompson Powell at .
¡Ayúdanos a renovar a la IELA! En la Asamblea Nacional del 2022, los miembros votantes adoptaron un memorial para reestructurar la forma de gobernar en la IELA.
En noviembre del 2022, el Consejo de la Iglesia autorizó el establecimiento de la “Comisión para una Iglesia Luterana Renovada” (CRLC, por sus siglas en inglés) que constaría de no más de 35 miembros votantes.
El proceso de nominación para la CRLC está abierto. Puede encontrar más información sobre el compromiso y la expectativa del servicio en la CRLC aquí. Someta su solicitud o nomine a otra persona (con su consentimiento) antes del domingo 26 de febrero. Complete el breve formulario de nominación en www.mcselca.org/crlc
Si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda para completar este formulario de nominación, comuníquese con la Reverenda Carla Thompson Powell en .