10/9/2015 12:00:00 AM

            CHICAGO (ELCA) – Lifting up a number of topics that will help move forward the mission and ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), an Oct. 1-6 meeting here of the ELCA Conference of Bishops was framed by a commitment to engage the more than 3.7 million-member church in deep conversations about Mission Support, theological education and more.

The conference is an advisory body of the ELCA that includes 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and secretary. It gathers at least twice a year for worship and study, sharing and to conduct business. The Rev. Jessica R. Crist, bishop of the ELCA Montana Synod, serves as conference chair.
Acknowledging that the denomination is at a “kairos” moment in regards to theological education, the bishops considered three draft recommendations outlined in a report from the ELCA Theological Education Advisory Council (TEAC) – authorized by the ELCA Church Council to address in a holistic way issues on theological education, leadership development, candidacy, call and rostered leaders.

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