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A coalition for renewal

(This resolution was adopted at the Fall Theological Conference on November 7, 2005 at Brooklyn Park, Minn.)

A "coalition for renewal" will be formed, for the purpose of supporting the various renewal movements within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and for addressing selected synodical and churchwide issues.

November 7, 2005

  1. Purpose. More specifically, the purpose of the coalition will be to 1) encourage individual reform-minded congregations, laypersons, and pastors; 2) support and offer coordination for the various renewal groups within the ELCA; and 3) address significant synodical and churchwide issues. Such issues may include, but are not limited to, leadership in the ELCA, global missions and pioneer evangelism, marriage and sexuality, the orthodox naming of God, and ELCA polity matters (quotas, three-expressions, delegation/representation).
  2. Common Confession. The Common Confession (exclusive of the footnotes) will be accepted as a summary of important teachings that are otherwise affirmed in the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
  3. Membership. Membership in the coalition will be open to reforming movements, congregations and individual members of the ELCA, who share The Common Confession and are supportive of the purposes of the coalition.
  4. Relationship with WordAlone. The coalition will coordinate its ministry within the WordAlone Network (WA) and with the "association of congregations." A serious and intentional effort will be made to integrate the coalition within WA. A representative from the coalition will be invited to attend WA board meetings; in April 2006, a member of the coalition will be elected as a member of the WA board. The implications of this relationship, and the necessary processes for this relationship will be a subject of conversation between the steering committee (see below) and the WA board. This relationship will apply for two years and will be reviewed by the coalition and the WA board following the 2007 churchwide assembly.
  5. Steering Committee. A steering committee of seven* persons will be elected. The purpose of the steering committee will be to follow through on any actions taken on the November 2005 gathering, set priorities for the coalition, develop strategies for implementing the priorities, plan an organizing gathering for the coalition, consider a fiscal proposal, select a name for the coalition, develop initial strategies regarding the 2007 churchwide assembly, and arrange for other organizational and structural matters.

*After adopting the resolution, the gathering decided later in the meeting to elect by unanimous consent all nine nominees to serve on the steering committee.