Called to Common Mission (CCM). Who is a Christian?. What is the Church?. Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ for salvation.
What is the Church?
Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ for salvation
A building; a worship service; a congregation of people (the visible Church); the communion of all saints across all time and space (the invisible Church, i.e., the one catholic and apostolic Church); the body of Christ
Reasons both good and bad:
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To bring them into full communion the churches will (a) agree in the doctrine of the faith and ministry, (b) recognize each other’s existing ordained ministries as specified, (c) share an episcopal succession that is evangelical and historic and (d) mutually plan, consult and interact for witness and mission. (from www.elca.org/ea/cleo/norgren1.html, an Outline of CCM provided by the Ecumenical Office of the Episcopal Church)
Is the historic episcopate contrary to Luther's teachings and to the Lutheran Confessions?
Does CCM make episcopal succession essential either to the church, to church unity, or to a true ministry of Word and Sacrament?
“While our two churches will come to share in the historic institution of the episcopate in the church each remains free to explore its particular interpretations of the ministry of bishops in evangelical and historic succession.”
The Episcopal Church is free to maintain that sharing in the historic catholic episcopate, while not necessary for salvation or for recognition of another church as a church, is nonetheless necessary when Anglicans enter the relationship of full communion …
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is free to maintain that this same episcopate, although pastorally desirable… is nonetheless not necessary for the relationship of full communion.
Does CCM deny a Lutheran understanding of the priesthood of all believers or the priesthood of the baptized?
Will CCMgive more power to bishops?
Does CCM state that the ELCA will have bishops-for-life?
Will CCM truly enhance our mission and ecumenical goals?
For the sake of ecumenism or of Lutheranism, is the issue of the historic episcopate something to celebrate or about which to be concerned?
What difference will it have on our church at both a national and local level?
We should enthusiastically support the decision our ELCA has made, because CCM is a wonderful agreement that will enhance our mission and unity in Christ.
There is nothing wrong with the CCM, and it is one with which we can live and have faithful ministry.
CCM will not really make a difference, so it doesn’t really matter.
Adopting CCM was not my preference, and it is now important that we make sure that it is implemented in a manner faithful to our Lutheran heritage.
Adopting CCM was a terrible mistake that compromises our Lutheran heritage. We will, however, remain with the ELCA and do all we can to resist CCM’s implementation until the requirement of the historical episcopate is removed.
Adopting CCM was a tragedy that destroys our Lutheran heritage.
We are leaving the ELCA.
RESIGNATION FROM ELCA
Resignation from ELCA