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What is an LWF Assembly?

The Assembly, normally held every six years, is the LWF's highest decision-making body. Between Assemblies the LWF is governed by its Council, which convenes annually, and by its Executive Committee.

The Assembly consists of representatives of the member churches of the Federation. As the principal authority of the LWF, the Assembly:

  • is responsible for the LWF Constitution
  • gives general direction to LWF work
  • elects the president and members of the Council
  • takes action on the address of the president and the reports of the general secretary and the treasurer

What Happens at an Assembly?

Representatives gathered at an Assembly make major decisions on the future direction of the LWF, share experiences about issues facing their churches, and worship together celebrating their cultural diversity.

Who Attends?

The Assembly participants will include 418 delegates from the 140 full LWF member churches around the world. Others attending are representatives from associate member churches; observers from recognized congregations and councils; advisers from LWF national committees and related agencies; non-delegate members of the LWF Council; local, co-opted and LWF staff; interpreters and translators; stewards; ecumenical guests; visitors; and accredited media.

Learn More | Categories of Participation

Previous Assemblies and Themes

  • 1947 - Lund, Sweden | The Lutheran Church in the World Today
  • 1952 - Hanover, Germany | The Living Word in a Responsible Church
  • 1957 - Minneapolis, USA | Christ Frees and Unites
  • 1963 - Helsinki, Finland | Christ Today
  • 1970 - Evian, France | Sent into the World
  • 1977 - Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania | In Christ - A New Community
  • 1984 - Budapest, Hungary | In Christ - Hope for the World
  • 1990 - Curitiba, Brazil | I Have Heard the Cry of My People
  • 1997 - Hong Kong, China | In Christ - Called to Witness
  • 2003 - Winnipeg, Canada | For the Healing of the World

Learn more | Former Assemblies


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