Whereas all parents and sponsors of children covenant to place in their hands the holy scriptures and nurture them in faith and prayer,
Whereas all the baptized when they affirm their baptism promise to hear the Word of God,
Whereas the ELCA has begun a Book of Faith Initiative inviting everyone to join the conversation, to make a commitment, and to become part of the initiative (see http://www.elca.org/bookoffaith/overview/)
Be it resolved that the clergy of our synod commit themselves to living in and from the Word of God in their preparations to teach and preach, as well as personally in their daily devotional practices, so that as they commit themselves regularly and increasingly to hearing, reading, studying, sharing, and being engaged by God's Word, they lead by example in faithful service and holy living.
Be it further resolved that all voting members of this synod assembly covenant together to begin a practice of daily biblical study and prayer,
Be it further resolved that all congregations of this synod join the Book of Faith Initiative in order to become more fluent in the first language of faith, the language of Scripture, in order that we might live into our calling as a people renewed, enlivened, and empowered by the Word.
Be it further resolved that the bishop of our synod—who “as its pastor, shall be a teacher of the faith of this church and shall provide leadership for the life and witness of this church”—lead this initiative personally and through collaborative programmatic work with congregations of the synod;
Be it further resolved that we become a “Book of Faith” synod.
In joining the Book of Faith Initiative, your congregation or organization (and our synod) is committing to becoming more fluent in the first language of faith, the language of Scripture, in order that we might live into our calling as a people renewed, enlivened, and empowered by the Word.
(this is the draft of what we are submitting to our synod assembly- feel free to use and adapt, but please let me know if you will be using it, and in which synod)