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Voting members of the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly approved with a 671 to 242 vote a proposal for the ELCA’s first major fundraising campaign. The five-year campaign, to begin in 2014, is designed to increase this church’s capacity to renew and start new congregations, educate and develop its leaders, bolster its global mission efforts and expand the impact of its relief and development work. The campaign proposal was introduced to the assembly Aug. 13.
In their action, voting members thanked the 4-million-member ELCA for their ongoing stewardship and generosity through regular offerings that support the breadth of ministry across this church and to invite every congregation, synod, related ministry and individual member to make a contribution toward the campaign in order to achieve its goal of $198 million over the next five years.
ELCA Presiding Bishop-Elect Elizabeth Eaton spoke in favor of the campaign. “This is an exciting step for the ELCA,” said Eaton. “Even though I’m inheriting it, I say let’s go for it.”
Voting members requested that the ELCA Church Council monitor and evaluate the implementation of the campaign on an ongoing basis with annual reports to the council and to each assembly through the completion of the campaign. They encouraged conversations across this church on ways that the campaign can be implemented to take advantage of synergies among all expressions of this church, and to “thank God for 25 years of interdependent ministry in the ELCA and to step forward boldly in order to seek to reach more communities with the good news of Jesus Christ, train more leaders who will become missionaries, pastors and lay leaders and contribute to the alleviation of hunger and poverty.”
Anticipating the campaign proposal, voting members approved an amendment designed to involve young adult and youth leaders. Specifically, the amendment will add an additional campaign priority of encouraging, recognizing and forming lay youth and young adult leaders and add an additional $4 million to the campaign goal to meet this priority. Another amendment approved will add a $4 million stretch goal for disability ministry.