The ELCA’s evolving effort to serve God’s people has given us two tracks for people set apart—ordained—for lifelong service to God’s people: pastors, who are ministers of “Word and Sacrament,” and deacons, who are ministers of “Word and Service.” Together they work through the church to help people deepen their connection to God.

Download a study guide for the article “They bring good news: Understanding the ELCA’s rostered ministers,” which appeared in the March 2020 issue of Living Lutheran. The guide contains six pages of discussion questions and a copy of the article.

Robert C. Blezard
Robert C. Blezard is an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod and editor of Living Lutheran's study guides.

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