What is the history of each denomination?
What is the size of the denominations?
Confession of Faith
Authority and Interpretation of Scripture
Teachings and Social Statements
Ordination of Women
Ordination of Homosexual Persons
View of Marriage
Women in Leadership
What are each denomination’s Mission and/or Purpose?
Mission and/or Purpose
Resources Offered to Member Congregations
are decisions made at the denomination level what authority does the board have?
Organizational and Leadership Structure
Accountability and Oversight
Contributions or Assessments to Support Organization
Role of Bishop
Terms of Office
Board Authority and Decision-Making Process
Ratification of Decisions by Member Congregations
Congregational Delegates from Congregations at Conventions
How does each denomination partner with Lutherans around the world?
Partnership with Lutherans Around the World
Engaged in Ecumenical Relationships
Benevolence Giving from Member Congregations
What is the Call Process for each denomination and how will new pastors be
Dual Rostered Pastors and Congregations
Disciplinary Process for Pastors and Congregations
Other Congregational Matters
Rules regarding Church Property
Process for Joining a Denomination
Process to Terminate a Relationship with a Denomination
Appendix A – The Common Confession (2005)
Section 2. Strengths and Areas of Concern of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Section 3. Strengths and Areas of Concern of the North American Lutheran
Meeting Minutes of the ELCA/NALC Study Group
September 23, 2010 Meeting Minutes
September 30, 2010 Meeting Minutes
October 7, 2010 Meeting Minutes
Endnotes for Resources