The Ministry of the Baptized in the Vision of a Renewed Church

Kathryn W. Baerwald

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1987

Issue: The Ministry of the Baptized (Vol. 7, No 4, Fall, 1987)

The constitution of the ELCA begins by saying that the church is a people created by God in Christ. However, there is the clear recognition that the people of God must be organized in some fashion, in a human institution, in order to carry out God’s activity in the world. Chapter 6 of the constitution defines the membership of the ELCA: “The members of the church shall be the baptized members of its congregations” (6.01). This definition is significant in several respects.

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