Churchwide assembly

Communal Spiritual Discernment

The Why

The ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the church, is a process of communal spiritual discernment that happens every 3 years. This event is invitation-only, but always available via livestream for the general public. 

How it Works

When the ELCA Churchwide Assembly convenes, its voting members meet with confidence in God’s grace around word and water, wine and bread, to carry on their work on behalf the entire church. Over the course of the assembly, voting members: 

Hear reports and review the work of churchwide officers, leaders and units

Receive and consider proposals from synod assemblies

  • Elect officers, board members and other leaders as specified by the constitution or bylaws
  • Establish ELCA churchwide policy
  • Worship together 
  • Adopt a budget
 

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