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Assembly Handbook

Every Assembly is in one way or another both a landmark and milestone for participants and for Lutheran self-understanding i.e. identity.

Based on the experience of previous LWF Assemblies, nearly two thirds of the delegates attend such a worldwide Lutheran Church Assembly for the first time. Therefore one cannot just begin to imagine or articulate the impact of such a first-time experience on those attending. For these reasons, among others, the Assembly Handbook is an essential and important “navigation compass” intended to equip delegates and others for meaningful participation.

It provides the parliamentary rules essential for common action for participants drawn from over 79 countries and from a variety of cultures and political and economic systems and contexts.

It is significant that we remind ourselves again and again that this LWF Eleventh Assembly is rooted spiritually in the contributions of those who have gone before us. In this respect it should neither be seen in isolation from the previous ones, nor those yet to come. Therefore it is not a standalone Assembly, but an Assembly that stands in the apostolic tradition of what it means to be an Apostolic church of Jesus Christ.

It is my hope and prayer that this Assembly Handbook will be a helpful guide as you participate in this important landmark event.

May God bless your coming in and going out of the Assembly!

Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko, LWF General Secretary
March 2010


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