Goal 1

A thriving church spreading the gospel and deepening faith for all people

Priority areas for action

Church identity – Develop a deep and shared understanding of who we are as a Lutheran church and equip leaders and all the baptized to communicate our theology and beliefs in accessible and compelling ways.

Renew and strengthen evangelism – Through all expressions of this church, and in accompaniment with global companions, foster new approaches to evangelism that are compatible with being Lutheran and generationally, technologically, and contextually relevant and effective.

Church leaders – Adopt a strategic and coordinated approach to formation, education and continuing development of lay leaders and rostered ministers, with emphasis on theological fluency and equipping leaders for evangelism and vocations in a wide range of contexts and ministries.

Renewal and formation of congregations and worship communities – Support and empower congregations and communities of worship through mission planning and development, encouraging a culture of deepening faith, hope and openness to change.

Ecumenical dialogues and relationships – Maintain our commitment to being a church deeply engaged in ecumenical dialogue, relationships and partnerships for the sake of Christian unity.

 

Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 2:9‐10, Matthew 28:16‐20, Romans 1:16
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