The council authorized the officers of the churchwide organization to take the necessary personnel actions and to implement the new design beginning Feb. 1, 2011, the start of the next fiscal year.
Currently there are 16 unincorporated units and sections, and three offices in the churchwide organization. Under the council-approved design, there will be three churchwide units and three offices. Separately incorporated ministries continue.
Implementation of the new design will mean the 358-member churchwide staff will decrease by approximately 65 employees or 60 full-time equivalents, Hanson said. Because nearly half of ELCA Global Mission’s mission support budget covers costs for mission personnel, unit reductions will affect up to five mission personnel currently in service, said Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director.