2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

2016 Churchwide Assembly at a glance

Theme: Freed & Renewed In Christ - 500 Years of God's Grace in Action
Date & Place: Aug. 8-13, 2016, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130 www.mccno.com
Voting Members: 980 voting members from 65 synods and more than 9,300 congregations serving on behalf of the more than 3.7 million baptized members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

We are called to do God's work in the world. That compels us to be prayerful, thoughtful and courageous as we discuss and make decisions about how to go about God's work as a church.

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The Churchwide Assembly is the primary decision-making body of the ELCA and gathers every three years. Voting members are chosen locally from across the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, representing the diverse communities, congregations, synods, perspectives and geographic contexts of the ELCA. Together with other leaders of the ELCA, and guided by the Holy Spirit, they discuss the work of the church in the world and make decisions reflecting the challenges we face and the strengths we all bring to loving and serving our neighbors — locally and globally — in the name of Jesus Christ.

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 five days, voting members:

  • Hear reports and review the work of churchwide offices, units and other ministries;
  • Receive and consider proposals from synod assemblies;
  • Elect officers, board members and other leaders as specified by the constitution;
  • Establish ELCA churchwide policy;
  • Worship together;
  • Adopt a budget for the churchwide organization; and
  • Conduct other business related to the ELCA churchwide organization.

The Churchwide Assembly can be lively and challenging, yet it is respectful of the diverse nature of the ELCA and the world we live in. It reflects how we participate in God's work in the world while embracing each other's questions, perspectives, complexities and strengths. It provides a time and place for growth and change while remaining rooted in Scripture, tradition, Lutheran confessions and the rich histories of our congregations and communities.

Notice from the Convention Center
  • Firearms, concealed or otherwise, are not allowed at the Morial Convention Center.
  • Firearms, concealed or otherwise, can only be carried by recognized and approved law enforcement officers. Such officers must register with the Director of Public Safety at the Morial Convention Center.