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Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

God's rich grace be yours in this Lenten season!

The Conference of Bishops (COB) is the body of the 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop of the ELCA, and the secretary of the ELCA.  Our most recent five-day meeting ended this past week.  One of the tasks taken up by the COB was to review the current draft of the document “Trustworthy Servants of the People of God,” which will replace “Vision and Expectations” of rostered ministers of the ELCA. 

You may access “Trustworthy Servants” here.

The bishops were to review the current draft, to make comments and recommendations on it, and then to pass it on to the ELCA Church Council.  The ELCA Church Council is tasked with adopting a final version of “Trustworthy Servants.”  The COB has done its review and made its comments and recommendations. 

There is opportunity now for your comments.  Because “Trustworthy Servants of the People of God” will express what the ELCA as a whole hopes and anticipates of the Church’s rostered ministers and candidates for rostered ministry, the whole church is invited to comment – anybody in our ELCA congregations. 

Between now and March 18, you are invited to send your comments to me.  This gives time for the responses to be read, collated, and summarized by me for the ELCA Church Council before its meeting begins on April 4.  Click on this link to pull up a form for your comments.  If clicking the link does not work, copy and past the link into your browser.  Alternatively, you may email your comments to me at sjohn.roth@csis-elca.org .

God’s peace,

S. John Roth



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