The starting point for a philosophy of engaging with the ELCA is Lutheran CORE’s Mission and Vision Statement.In it, Lutheran CORE identified four primary constituencies:
1. Those who remain in the ELCA,
2. Those who have left,
3. Those who are undecided,
4. Those who are unaware that orthodoxy is challenged in the ELCA.
Lutheran CORE exists to support all four groups.
The ELCA-Specific Task Force of Lutheran CORE has a special mission to those in the first group. We will offer support, education, connections, and a theological home for those who remain within the ELCA.
The witnessing activities of Lutheran CORE are focused on the third and fourth groups. A huge group of ELCA members are traditionalists. The problem is that they are confused. They don’t know what to do or who to believe. We need to speak moderately and respectfully to this muddled middle. But we need to speak! We must be heard.
Strategies for the ELCA-Specific Task Force of Lutheran CORE consist of:
* Keeping in front of the ELCA what it has said about those who disagree with the 2009 ministry changes and those who have a traditional understanding of marriage;
* Being present at synod assemblies through display tables, workshops, and witnessing on the assembly floor;
*Being omnipresent where ELCA people are gathered, including Churchwide Assemblies, synod assemblies, and pastor conferences;
* Considering being recognized by the ELCA as either an intra-Lutheran organization or applying for ILO status;
* Sending a representative of Lutheran CORE to ELCA Church Council meetings;
* Monitoring the disrespect of the bound conscience of orthodox Lutherans; and
* Connecting ELCA Lutherans of like mind while becoming a clearinghouse of information and orthodox resources.