Board for National Mission

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From the 2013 Handbook (Bylaw 3.8.2):

The Board for National Mission is charged with developing and determining policies for the coordination of and in support of district ministries which support congregations and schools (Bylaw 1.2.1 [m]).

These policies shall embrace and apply the mission and ministry emphases adopted by the national convention. Under the leadership of the President of the Synod, pursuant to Bylaw, the boards shall assist in identifying the specific goals for the Office of National Mission.

Policies determined by the board (implemented by staff) may include but not be limited to:

  • Strong national mission leadership
  • Lutheran school ministries and accreditation
  • Human care and domestic mercy efforts
  • Stewardship
  • Evangelism
  • Church planting and revitalization
  • Youth ministry

Upon recommendation of the Office of National Mission, the Board for National Mission shall serve as a calling agency for institutional and agency chaplains and other non-foreign specialized ministers (e.g., Veterans Administration chaplains, Bureau of Prison chaplains, hospital chaplains, pastoral counselors, and teachers of chaplaincy and pastoral counseling) after consultation with the appropriate district presidents(s) (cf. Bylaw

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The membership of the Board for National Mission is outlined in the 2013 Handbook (Bylaw

The Board for National Mission shall be comprised of eleven members:

1. Five laypersons and five individual members of the Synod (one of each from each region of the Synod) elected in the same manner as are regional members of the Board of Directors of the Synod (Bylaws 3.12.1 and

2. The President of the Synod or his representative

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