ELCA Churchwide Assembly Meets In August
August 5 - August 10
The ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the church, will meet August 5 – 10, 2019, at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Those assembled will discuss and make decisions about how to go about God’s work as a church. This year the assembly, gathered under the theme “We are church”, will worship, pray, engage in Bible study, deliberate and conduct business in plenary sessions.
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;
Adopt a budget; and
Conduct other business related to the ELCA churchwide organization.
This year voting members will also elect the Presiding Bishop and Secretary, as well as persons to the Church Council and to churchwide boards and committees.
In preparation for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, you are invited to join in six weeks of prayer prior to the Assembly, Daily Prayers during the Assembly and a prayer for the Sunday after the Assembly (Week 7). Click here to access the ELCA Assembly Prayer Resource. The Assembly is a process of communal spiritual discernment to bring about God’s will for God’s people.