Churchwide Assembly

The Rev. Wm Chris Boerger, ELCA Secretary, outlines key actions of the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

ELCA Churchwide Assembly

The ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the church, is a process of communal spiritual discernment. Voting members of the 2016 Churchwide Assembly took the following actions:

  • Elected William B. Horne II as vice president of the ELCA. Horne, of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Clearwater, Fla., will begin his six-year term on Nov. 1.
  • Approved the Declaration on the Way, a unique ecumenical document that marks a path toward greater unity between Catholics and Lutherans.
  • Approved AAMPARO, the ELCA’s strategy to Accompany Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities.
  • Approved the Ministry of Word and Service roster. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, ELCA associates in ministry, deaconesses and diaconal ministers will be a single, unified roster of Ministry of Word and Service.
  • Approved the accompanying constitutional amendments related to the Ministry of Word and Service roster.
  • Adopted budget proposals for 2017 – 2019.

Voting members voted to approve the following memorials – also known as proposals – from the ELCA’s 65 synods:

  • Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery
  • Deepening Relationships with Historic Black Churches
  • Peace with Justice in the Holy Land
  • African Descent Lutherans
  • Welcoming Refugees
  • Toward a Responsible Energy Future
  • Justice for the Holy Land through Responsible Investment
  • Call to Discernment on U.S. Foreign and Military Policy
  • Supporting Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families 

Voting members also voted to approved en bloc the following memorials: 

  • Life of Faith Initiative
  • Worship Resources to Bless Same Gender Couples
  • Ministries Among People Experiencing Economic Poverty
  • Examining the Opportunities and Implications of Campaign Zero, a policy platform in affirmation of Black Lives Matter
  • Observation of National Donor Sabbath in Support of Organ and Tissue Donation
  • Investing in and Encouraging Use of Clean, Renewable Energy
  • Eco-Reformation and Renewing Creation Care Efforts
  • Increase Funding for Suicide Prevention Research
  • Supporting Mission Phebe Hospital through Photovoltaics
  • Examining the Implications of Becoming a Sanctuary Denomination
  • Time of Prayer and Worship Resources on Human Trafficking
  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • AMMPARO Strategy
  • ELCA World Hunger and Child Nutrition
  • Affirming Global Human Rights and Non-discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation
  • My Muslim Neighbor
  • Gender Identity
  • Voting Ratio
  • Cultivating and Sustaining Accompaniment in Global Mission
  • Youth Mission Trips

Reports and Records:
Assembly Minutes
from the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Download the PDF.


Host City: New Orleans

In August of 2016, voting members will experience the culturally rich city of New Orleans, Louisiana.


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