"What Does It Mean to be Church?"
Reports to ELCA Cabinet of Executives [December 2002]
Essays on the Ministry of Word and Sacrament
The ELCA Conference of Bishops engaged in a yearlong study on “the ministry of Word and Sacrament – Ordained and Authorized Lay Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.” These four papers were prepared for the October 2003 meeting of the Conference of Bishops as resources to the bishops in their reflection and discussion. This first set of papers is on the meaning and function of call and ordination in the life of this church from the perspective of the theologians’ academic disciplines – Scripture, Confessions, Liturgy and Mission.