In May 2015, the ELCIC's National Church Council (NCC) directed the Faith, Order and Doctrine Committee (FOD) to study orders of ministry with particular attention to diakonia and Diaconal Ministry. FOD surveyed recent and historic literature, consulted ELCIC scholars, spent a day with our diaconal community, and in 2016 released a study guide entitled To Love Our Neighbour as Ourselves: A Study of Orders of Ministry in the ELCIC. Since then, FOD has considered responses and has now produced a paper which builds upon its earlier work. It is called Public Ministry in the ELCIC - A Preliminary Draft.
Public Ministry in the ELCIC is an aspirational document. In the preface, Bishop Susan Johnson writes: "In this document we are now invited to live into a new fresh vision for our church. A clear sense of where we are as a Christian community in Canada is set forth in Section 1. This is our real-wordly and contemporary content. Section 2 and 3 offer historical and theological foundations for what emerges as a renewed sense of our church in mission and a clearer understanding of what it means to be called into public ministry (Sections 4 and 5)." She goes on to note "For the next few months I'm inviting all expressions of the church to review, reflect and respond in particular to the principles and possibilities elaborated in Section 4 and the preliminary recommendations made in Section 5."
FOD has requested that Public Ministry in the ELCIC be circulated for review, reflection and response. Next fall, FOD will take into consideration all responses to produce a final draft of this paper. Material should be sent as an MS Word file in an email labelled "FOD - Public Ministry" c/o firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses are due by Sunday, September 30, 2018.