ELCA Grace Gathering goes for Holy Hierarchy

The ELCA will take a big step towards sacramental bishops, priests, and deacons (as required by CCM) at its August 2016 Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans.

See proposed ELCA constitutional change ¶7.54.01:Ministers of Word and Service shall be known as deacons.” Read more here.

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