The purpose of the event is to encourage traditional ELCA Lutherans to come together in a ministry of witness and reform to work for the preservation within the ELCA of the authority of Scripture according to the Lutheran Confessions.
Of immediate concern is the upholding of the traditional Lutheran (and Christian) Biblical understanding of marriage and sexuality. A draft of a proposed ELCA Social Statement on Sexuality of the ELCA has recently been released by the ELCA for response and revision. The 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly will vote on the final draft of the statement as well as on recommendations on whether to change the ELCA’s standards for clergy to allow the ordination of persons in same-sex sexual unions and the blessing of such unions. The voting members for that 2009 Churchwide Assembly will be elected at this year’s 2008 synod assemblies. The Southeast Iowa synod of the ELCA will also be electing a new bishop. Now is the time for traditional and orthodox Lutherans to gather their courage and work together for the future of the ELCA.
The event is being co-sponsored by Zion Lutheran (Lead Pastor John Kline) and Lutheran Church of Hope of West Des Moines (Senior Pastor Mike Householder). The moderator for the event is Pastor Ken Kimball, a member of the Lutheran CORE Steering Committee (serving Old East and Old West Paint Creek Lutheran parish, Waterville, Iowa—Northeastern Iowa synod). The chief presenter for the day is Pastor Mark Chavez, Director of Lutheran CORE.
There is no cost for the event. Pre-registration by e-mail or phone would be a helpful courtesy (particularly in ensuring sufficient lunch is ordered and coffee brewed!) but aren’t required. If you have further questions or would like to register ahead of time, you may do so by e-mail email@example.com or phone 515-270-8142.
Below is the schedule for the Day and an explanatory paragraph on Lutheran CORE.
The schedule for the day:
Organize for Faithfulness Saturday March 29 Zion Lutheran, Des Moines, Iowa
9:30 am Registration and coffee
10:00 am Welcome & Opening Prayer -Pastor John Kline
10:10 am “What We’re Doing Here”-Pastor Ken Kimball
10:45 am “The Challenges and Opportunities Before Us” - Pastor Mark Chavez
1:00 pm “Building a Network for Reform” - Pastor Mark Chavez
2:15 pm Putting Together a Leadership Team for Witness and Reform
2:45 pm “What Next?” Closing Prayer
3:00 pm Done
What Is Lutheran CORE?
Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Reform) is a coalition of individuals, congregations and reform movements in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that speaks for the historic center of Lutheranism. We seek to preserve within the ELCA the authority of Scripture according to the Lutheran Confessions. Lutheran CORE's members and participants represent the vast middle of American Lutheranism, spanning geographical regions, political viewpoints and vocations. We are united by our common conviction as Lutheran Christians in the authority of the Word of God. Lutheran CORE is a voice of the solid, faithful core that is the majority of ELCA members, pastors and congregations.